new blog is up!

11 Mar

– i turned into a lifestyle blogger, but I really dunno what kind of lifestyle I have.. really. haha!


Well, moving and not so moving.

2 Dec

Moving to a new blog address. Will open it with a food post on Singapore.

Wait for it! πŸ™‚
I will miss this blog though.

i will always be an undercover chef. =)

undercover chef

1 Dec

i’m really really thinking of changing the name of the blog.
I want to keep undercover and drop the chef.
The Amazing World of the Undercover Foodie? doesn’t ring a bell.

I’ve had a bad time calling myself a chef, although I do make stuff and sell em, I do have a culinary degree, I do have a catering business, my food’s been featured in some magazines, but it just doesn’t pan out.

I love food, and I want to create, but my passion in it is lacking.
Hence, I really can’t comfortably call myself a chef.

haha! here’s the dilemma, what to name the new blog.

Pizza hut’s lechon pizza: Pizza on Crack

1 Dec

I sit here and I’m staring into space.
I just ate two slices of the pizza and I just want to lie here and stare into my empty plate or sleep, or both, if i could possibly manage it. hehe.

Where am I? Pizza Hut in Glorietta, blogging event. Iya’s at my right, no one’s at my left (or is it vice versa?)and pizza is in front of me.


My first slice was the leftovers of the first group that ate. I was asked if I wanted to eat a fresh/hot one. I said nay as I’ve always thought the mark of a great pizza is in it’s inherent ability (wow gawan ng powers ang pagkain) to be yummy straight out of the refrigerator, also known as eating it straight out of the ref.

The first slice was yummy, cold and all. The taste was different. Garlic bread/pizza with lechon cracklings and tasty meat. I tried it with lechon sauce—yummy! I tried it with hotsauce and the lechon sauce and I liked it more. I tried it with ketchup— it actually tasted like I was eating porkchops with ketchup.

In a nutshell, I was pretty darned happy with it.

Next up, a fresh pizza arrived and I got another slice—and that my friends was a mistake. Not the pizza, the getting of another slice.

You have to understand that I’ve been on a sort of dieting “journey” almost this whole year and certainly THIS is not diet food.

So halfway the slice, I realized I could not finish it, but I liked the pizza and i’m not a fan of food going to waste (hence the pants size) so I scraped off the toppings and ate it.

Now, I’m staring into space.
I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but I am definitely full and I do want to go back and eat the pizza again. But next time, maybe with a salad on the side, and I’ll ask that the party slices be sliced to 16, that way I can get one slice while seemingly getting two servings. (hello dieting tip alert!)

Hehe.. And I’ll still order it with still my favorite kiwi iced tea. πŸ™‚

Now, the bloggers are taking pictures, the guy beside me is stopping at one slice. I understand him.

Like all good things in life, i believe that one sometimes should always partake…but not too much, then it just becomes bad.

Now, the bloggers are all taking pictures. Someone is on his 2nd slice, methinks someone will join me later….
staring into space with a stupefied grin on my face.

It is one of those things that you classify into, as the song by the strokes goes.. you only live once! πŸ™‚

Note: The pizza? It’s good. Get some while it’s still here. It’s like one of those things that you should totally try because you never know WHEN or IF it’ll be back, like that Watermelon Shampoo that was out during summer a while back. Things that you can’t find when the season ends.

Another note: i just found out someone actually had 4 slices. So it can be done. He’s still alive.

**some photos from Iya Santos from; some photos from the trusty blackberry

Escalante Bulalohan and good old fashioned Dirty Ice Cream

28 Sep

Escalante Bulalohan

I keep coming back to Daet. Mainly because I know super quality people there, there’s really good and cheap places to eat, and the surf’s good. πŸ˜›

So for the past few times I’ve been there, a friend from Manila has always told me to eat at this bulalo place.
Finally after planning to do that for the past n times that I’ve been in Daet, I finally did go last Saturday after a great morning session in Bagasbas. =)

We first went to one escalante bulalohan and it was closed. It was a branch. Thank goodness the manong tricycle and our awesome local guide knew that there was another one open. When we got there, the place was packed. But the turnover was pretty fast, so I being the etchusera, quickly got us a table near the giant electricfan. (har!har!)

The place is open lunchtime until 3pm, but it’s a good idea to get there at 1130am as they told me the bulalo runs out. From hearing that, I did have pretty high expectations for the place.

So ordering time, we were 9 in the group, 6 boys and 3 girls. We ordered 4 orders of bulalo and rice. One order is enough for 2-3 persons. We did think of getting something else besides bulalalo, but nah, what’s the point? We came there for the bulalo anyway.

It arrived looking like this.

*there’s another shot of this with lotsa litid and stuff, but i can’t post it right now. haha!

First impression was like– “there’s no vegetables”, but then look at it. I mean LOOK AT IT. Look at how sinful that absolutely fukken looks like. They cook the stuff in a GIANT vat that you can see if you sit inside and do a little peep inside their kitchen. When I mean giant, it means I can fit in it. haha! Wild!

The verdict: tastes as good as it looks. Good bulalo! I scored 2 marrows from the 2 orders, because I am matakaw like that, and I really did surf and got worked a lot that morning.

Total Cost: P440 for 4 orders of bulalo, 9 orders of rice, and sprite for almost everyone. It’s one of the best cheap things I’ve eaten in my life. There yah go.

How to get there: I can’t give you directions on how to get there. I basically got a local to take me there. How? Tricycle –“manong sa escalante bulalohan po.” I think that’ll work. πŸ˜›

gill and moi after just enjoying some bulalo goodness, look at my cheeks! biggg!

Dirty Ice Cream

We also had some happy dirty ice cream when we turned right after hopping on a tricycle. I got so excited seeing it that I asked for the tricycle to stop. The manong driver was happy enough to oblige me and we gave him free ice cream for his trouble. For 5 pesos a pop, simple joys dude!

Much thanks to one of my favorite Daet/Bagasbas locals, Jongs Binaohan for taking us there! And to Gillian (ty too for the libre ice cream), Bea, Joms and the quiet boys for eating with moi! haha!

bea, gillian, moi and the ice cream man!

—more stuff coming soon! eat up!

the offbeat burger: a review

10 Sep

**I apologize for not posting much. I was busy surfing and getting sick. πŸ™‚ Enihoodles, i feel like posting something today, which bodes well for today’s article.

My friend Iya has been going to the Offbeat Cafe more times last month (and this month) than I’ve seen her, which tells you 1) she must like the food, 2) i’ve been sick and 3) we’ve been busy.

She blogged that the Offbeat cafe features a Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger they call the Offbeat Burger. And anything with Krispy Kreme is a go for me! I’ve been on a one KK donut/month quota for the last 5 months.. so not having had my KK for this month… I wanted to go try the burger.

What is an OffBeat Burger? To quote from their fb page…

“The now famous OFFBEAT BURGER…juicy all-beef patty sandwiched between Krispy Kreme Donuts, topped with bacon, egg and melted cheese. Not for the faint of heart!”

the offbeat burger and the bread pudding

In my head it makes sense, the sweet KK donut balancing out the salty components.

So I tried half a double-off beat burger yesterday (I shared with my friend kwe lo as I was on a diet.. ladi ladi da…)which consisted of half a KK donut, one egg, one patty, bacon and cheese. The sides were supposed to be tofu chips. I didn’t get tofu chips, but I really didn’t care as I was there for the KK goodness and the whole salty-sweet combo action that I’m expecting to happen.

So I took a bite and we fast forward to I finished the whole thing.


I like the concept. If you’re a fan of salty and sweet foods, you’ll prolly like this one off the bat, the contrast of the Krispy Kreme donut and the burger was pleasing to me.

I liked the taste of the patty, it was juicy and nicely prepared. The cheese was good and nicely melted.

As far as the other ingredients go, the egg and the bacon, I really didn’t think made a difference to the experience, although I did taste the additional saltiness of the bacon in some points, but then… the patty was already a nice salty component already. I don’t know what the egg was there for. It was nicely cooked though, if it makes a difference. Maybe it was supposed to add texture? but I really don’t think it did. Maybe taste? But I didn’t think it gave enough of an eggy taste to make it interesting enough to have a reason for it to be there. But let’s get this straight, the egg and the bacon didn’t hurt it either,I just wonder what they were there for.

But the main criticism I would have was that the burger really was asking for some acidity. I kept thinking either lettuce and a tomato would be welcome as it would give it a different texture, and introduce some acidity. At one point, I debated whether to ask for some mustard but I decided to eat the burger on its own. (and i was hungry) . I did voice out these thoughts to my friends and they agreed with the tomato/lettuce addition. Iya didn’t think that the mustard would be a welcome addition, in my head it makes sense, but that’s just me. I even tossed in the idea of a white onion to add a spicy bite to the burger. I agree, some people would balk on a raw onion, haha! She gave the suggestion of maybe putting tomatoes, onions and lettuce as a additional optional side for people who would want it. That would prolly work.

So price wise, 220 bucks for a DOUBLE OFFBEAT BURGER (2 patties, 2 eggs, 2 bacon slices) is pretty cheap especially as you would know that a KK donut is almost 50 bucks already. So costwise, they’re giving us a good deal. And the patty is THICK.

If you ask me at the end of the day, I did enjoy the offbeat burger and I look forward to coming back, maybe asking for mustard or ketchup, and ordering one whole order of an Offbeat Burger for myself. I now think to myself that maybe I would understand the bacon and the egg more if I had the whole KK donut, not just half… hmm… or maybe that’s just an excuse to eat KK again.

Oh, i’d have to add that my friend Iya had issues about getting a soggy bottom bun at her first try. The bottom bun/donut did become soggy, but what can you expect? the stuff sitting on top of it were heavy and dripping juices. The soggy thing didn’t really faze me as I just thought of it like bread mopping up juices. I would suggest that you come to the cafe with an open mind and don’t think of it as a burger per se, but as a salty-sweet meal, and you’d be much happier.


Other things in offbeat:

After the meal though, I had the bread pudding, which I liked. I don’t really expect much from bread pudding so I was pretty happy with what I got. I tasted cinnamon, it wasn’t too sweet, the chocolate sauce and the ice cream were nice. Texture wise, I liked it too. I’m not a fan of bread pudding that reeks of too much egg, it tasted like soft cinnamon flavored bread with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. For 75 pesos, it was better than some bread puddings that i’ve sadly tasted some of which cost me almost 200 bucks in Makati, and so I liked it! But unlike Iya, no it didn’t remind me of Cafe Juanita’s Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Oh, and as an after dessert treat (don’t judge us) we had the chilli fries (french fries with a cheese dip on top and chilli) which Iya and I liked and finished pretty fast too.

Iya also had the chicken parmigiana. She finished the whole thing. I didn’t want to taste the chicken, but I tasted the pasta. I wished they had a dish that I could only order the pasta without the chicken, as I wanted some pasta!

The menu is limited, but as apparent above contains pasta, appetizers, other sandwich options and dessert!
In a nutshell:

The main issue one would have about the Offbeat cafe is that it’s kinda out of the way, so unless you live in Vito Cruz Ext, you’d really have to make it a point to go there. But the novelty of the burger is enough draw to make it a point to eat there at least once, or in Iya’s case, more times than she has seen me last month.

Offbeat Cafe
G/F Mervin Biz Suites,
1406 Vito Cruz Ex. Corner Balagtas
Makati, Lesotho

**photo from the Iya’s blog

Graceland’s Chocolate Cake Happyness

2 Aug

I have been mostly surfing and not really concentrating on what I’ve been eating these past few weeks, so I’ve been very very remiss in not posting anything here. My bad.

So here I give you, one of the best things in Daet besides the surf in Bagasbas, GRACELAND’S CHOCOLATE CAKE.

For 40 pesos, it’s a godsend to me!!! πŸ™‚

It’s covered in chocolate, topped with a dollop of cream, sprinkled with candy bits. The cake is chocolate (duh) moist, and not too sweet. The filling’s more chocolate ganache! It’s perfect after a filling meal of Bicol staples and a good emotional crutch when all you really want to do is bash a surfer’s head with a board for being a stupid idiot, but I digress, that belongs in a different blog! haha!

Graceland’s also a good place to eat for the usual bicol fare— bicol express, etc. But I go back for this cake. πŸ™‚

To find graceland: just ride a tricycle in Daet and say Graceland sa bayan. haha! πŸ™‚ I found it after buying meds in Mercury Drug, haha! πŸ™‚ It’s on the same street. I’m sorry for not being too specific. hang loose!

Sidenote: Don’t get me wrong, Daet and Bagasbas have other culinary eats, more on that, when I finally get the pictures and my writing hat finally on or if there is no surf and i’m landlocked for a helluva long time, whichever comes first or never, i’ll get to it–promise!

What’s coming up though? A friend’s treating me to Le Bistro Vert (did I even write/spell that right?) this week. The chef’s going to cook for us I hope, something like a chef’s table. And the chef’s Sau Del Rosario. Are you excited? I am!

Photo by Kathlene Mae Lo