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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.

Right.

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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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 http://psychedelicaddictinsane.wordpress.com; 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. 😛

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. 😛

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

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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!

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!!! 🙂

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. 🙂

To find graceland: just ride a tricycle in Daet and say Graceland sa bayan. haha! 🙂 I found it after buying meds in Mercury Drug, haha! 🙂 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

the truth about chic-boy’s

10 Jun

I seldom go to non-froogie related food events. My friend iya was invited to this by Spanky Enriquez, and I actually just tagged along.

All they told me was that chic-boy meant chicken and baboy. Okay, first of all, there I was in my semi-faker vegetarian mode in a food event dealing with liempo and chicken and thinking to myself—Hooha! Oh the hypocrisy of it all, but that’s not the point.

Having never been to this kind of thing in a long time(if not ever), I was initially really uneasy about the whole thing. I was with a group of people passionate about blogging. And my lazy ass was just totally feeling really, really, really, really irrelevant. haha! I don’t even think Spanky knew that I had a food blog, haha! But I got a kick getting introduced as the person who made toffees. haha! 🙂 Also, hello impetus to get back into writing!

So back to chic-boy. Chic-boy is this chicken-baboy place think the likes of yoohoo and mang inasal thrown in, but bigger, cleaner, better service and may I say, the food’s better.

Cost wise, i think it’s at par with Mang Inasal or Yoohoo. This ain’t fine dining, we’re talking the place you can sit your ass and try to out-eat that hangover that you know is coming after a night in the town. Yep, we’re talking about a 24 hour place in Jupiter, Makati ready to serve you good hot food at really, really, really, affordable prices.

When I arrived, they were taking pictures of Chic-boy’s chicken and liempo. I didn’t bring a camera, so I sat there and was really pretty apprehensive about taking pics using the camera phone when everyone had their dslrs and semi-pros out, but what hey! I got my friend iya to take pictures! haha! 🙂 If there’s a will, there’s a friend. haha!

Back to the food! First up–liempo! At the first bite I really did think it was salty. So being a consummate checker, I took a bite again, it was still salty to me. So I was actually apprehensive about this, i wanted to tell people I found it salty, but really, that could have gotten me thrown out (haha!), so i just shut up.

And then I realized… this stuff’s supposed to be eaten with rice!

SALTY LIEMPO + RICE + CONDIMENT = happyness!

or this equation would work too…

SALTY LIEMPO + BEER = happy lasing!

Actually come to think of it, it maybe because I purposely got parts of the liempo with the skin on them, maybe that was the salty part. hmm.. maybe I shall come back and try that again.

The liempo was cooked Cebu-style, meaning it was cooked in between layers of tanglad and other spices. Personally, i’ve always equated cebu-style lechon with tanglad and tamarind. I didn’t taste any tamarind with the liempo, but it sure was tasty! The pieces were crunchy, and the whole liempo order was purty big!

The chicken was yummy as well! It had the same salty finish as the liempo. I particularly enjoyed it with their lechon sauce.

That lechon sauce was good! If you’ve eaten in yoo-hoo bbq, i hate/abhor what they call a lechon sauce that they give you to eat with their chicken. Chic-boy’s was good though! It has a refreshing after mouthfeel to it, that just went really well with the chicken. You could still taste the liver, spices, and whatever thing that they add to it to make it refreshing.

If you’re asking for my opinion, I would basically eat the liempo and the chicken with vinegar and drizzle the lechon sauce on my rice. The former because I can eat anything with vinegar (including ice cream) and the latter, because I am barbaro that way.

After the specialty tasting, we were given the delightful words “order anything you want!”

Eureka!

Iya ordered sinigang na salmon belly and kangkong. I ordered lechon sisig and the talong. Iya looked pretty happy with what she ordered and I had a piece of salmon belly and some sinigang soup, and I agree for the price, it’s pretty good.

As for the lechon sisig, seriously only an idiot can mess up something with the words SISIG and LECHON, the good news is that chic-boy totally nailed this one.

If I wasn’t in my semi-faker but still dieting mode and/or if I was depressed, I would have not ordered the value meal, I’d have ordered the whole sizzling plate with two cups of rice! But alas! We are dieting so I ate all the lechon sisig and just… 1/2 of my rice! (Hehehe!)

And if I knew that chicken oil and garlic bits were available if you ask for it for free, i would have kissed my semi-faker-no eating rice mode goodbye! (But God is good and I only found out about it after I finished my meal! hehe!)

To end the meal, the choices were: leche flan and turon de leche.

I wasn’t really that excited about the leche flan. When I tasted their leche flan, it was good, but was more flan than leche, if you know what I mean (?), don’t get me wrong, it disappeared fast, it was good! Come to think of it, for that price, I think I’m lucky that I ate decent leche flan.

But I have to tell you, I got excited with the turon de leche. The selling point was that it was regular turon but dipped in condensed milk and then fried. I’ve never done that. Upon tasting though, initial impression was it was decent turon, but I didn’t really see any difference with the dipping it in condensed milk part. So thoughts: 1) being once involved in a lumpia cooking book, I loved how even and nicely wrapped the turon was (sue me, I find it difficult to wrap lumpia), 2) the condensed/leche part dipping sauce was the best part of the whole thing! and 3) I think they should serve the turon, and the sauce with ice cream.

All in all Chic-boy’s really a great place to eat in. I can see myself crawling (!) my way towards there at the wee hours of the morning to get my rice-lechon fix with all my drunken friends (haha!)! If I was a regular employee, i would eat there, if i was a callcenter agent, i would eat there, if I was a driver, i wouldn’t, i’d be scared because of all the cars in front (yes, there’s a pretty sizeable carpark in front), but really I should eat there too!

The truth is most chic-boys would really just break your heart.
Kumain na lang tayo sa chic-boy’s, heart will be intact, not to mention it won’t break our wallet.

*pictures all from iya (http://psychosomaticaddictinsane.wordpress.com)

Chic-boy is located in Jupiter, Makati, besides BBQ. http://www.chic-boy.com.ph

Pen Pen’s Pasta Buffet

8 Mar

It finally happened! I finally got my butt off to Pen-pen to try the crispy liempo–but wait, I really went there to try the pasta buffet.

So I thought it would be much harder to find, that is–the store, but thank you good directions and signages we managed to find Pen-pen.

So a quick rundown on the P250 Pasta All You Can Buffet, and my reactions.

Sauces:
– Meatballs – On its own it was just okay, but there’s little snippets of “suggestions” on how to eat the pasta/sauce that they call Karl’s way. I have no idea who Karl is but he knows his shit. I tried this sauce with Basil Oil and cheese as per his suggestion, and by far, it’s my favorite.
– Vegetarian – This actually tasted like Pinakbet, we’re talking pasta sauce with okra. It worked, I put some Kalamansi and I was good with it.
– Tinapa – This is also part of my top 4. Solid taste. Although not much tinapa essence, tasted very tomato-ish, but I liked it.
– Aligue – If I didn’t have to watch my weight, i’d have gorged on this one. Who can freakin’ go wrong with Aligue on their pasta?? Plus the upside was the aligue was very good, not slimy or too rich (owwwwsss.) adding a touch of calamansi, and it’s great!
– Carbonara – It had ground something, maybe it was pork. I’m actually not 100% sure on this, but isn’t carbonara supposed to be only with ham/bacon? Hmm, but it actually tasted good for a cream sauce, of which I’m not a big fan of.
– Bolognese – Normal, but still good.

You had 3 choices for pasta– penne, fettucine and spaghetti. I tasted all of the three, but I really just stuck with the penne, which actually was finished earlier than all the pastas and had to be refilled. I wish they’d have some tri-colored pasta or something, I would actually pay more for wheatbased or healthier pastas, and it could also be a draw to the more health-inclined diners out there.

The verdict is that if I would be in the same area, I would prolly eat in PENPEN just for the meatballs-basil oil experience again… oh and for this…

CRISPY LIEMPO
This was good. We had it with a nice vinegar and I could imagine myself gorging this into my mouth with handfuls of rice (okay.. bad visuals! haha!), yummy!!!

Also, my friend Doy who ate with me, had their fruity punch/iced tea concoction which he majorly loved. You can also have it bottomless and that just makes it more awesome!

PenPen Restaurant is found at Sgt Castor St, located at Morato. And the Pasta buffet happens every Tuesday! 🙂

Yogurt series : Golden Spoon

22 Feb

Finally got to try Golden Spoon in Magallanes with Kassy after loads of tries. .

I ordered the ff:

Yogurt:

  • Old Fashioned Peanut Butter
  • Boysenberry
  • Old fashioned vanilla
  • Boysenberry

Toppings:

  • Yogurt chips – I love em, taste like chocolate
  • Cookie dough
  • Marshmallow cream

Verdict:

Texture wise : it’s comparable to white hat

Taste:

I don”t like the peanutbutter, there is something wrong with the aftertaste. Or maybe it was the cookie dough? No i think it was the peanutbutter, it felt weird.

The yogurt chips were a revelation. I love it. Reminds me of chocolate of course, without the GERD inducing effects.

Marshmallow Cream – i really didn’t taste it much, i just tasted sweetness. Maybe I will try this again with just the old fashioned vanilla?

Service

The service people were very nice, I asked them the best combinations and they gave me the “it depends on what you like answer” , which frankly kinda blows. I love it when service people have their own ideas on what tastes good, and even better if they say it like they really do love it. Think how the Starbucks barista’s recommend something, that way, that way is good.

Conclusion:

The Golden Spoon does not disappoint. One of my top 3 favorite yogurts in Manila. But I must definitely taste the other flavors and toppings as well.

Golden Spoon is found in Paseo De Magallanes, beside BDO and Rustan’s

Banapple Photos

7 Aug

Sorry that the photos are late. Here’s a collage of photos taken from my visit to banapple. Click on the photo for a better look.

1 Very Cute Lighting Fixtures

2 Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

3 Apple Crumble Pie, ala mode (Vanilla Ice Cream)

4 Banoffee Pie

5 The Banapple Logo

* Pictures 1 and 2 taken by Jany. Picture 3, taken by moi, and Pictures 4 and 5, taken by Marie.