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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

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Yogurt Series: Qoola

26 Feb

Qoola is the big awesome looking shop that you find between greenbelt 1 and greenbelt 3. Proudly canadian, one of my friends, Kassy loves this place. So we tramped on to Qoola to try out their flavors

What I had:

Green Tea

Original

Raspberry

Toppings:

Granola

VERDICT

This place follows the concept of Tutti Frutti  or did Tutti Frutti follow their concept? I dunno. All I know is that you self-serve your ice cream, and you pick your own topping and i’s weighed. This time though from P20/ounce, it’s P50/ounce.

I paid about 150ish for my 3 servings of yogurt and granola topping.

Let’s start about granola. I love granola, btw and the best ones I’ve tasted so far are from White Hat and Red Mango and now, Qoola. Just enough crunch, nice sizes and it really tasted good.

If you’re asking me about the worst is the granola, it’s  in Lulu Belle—the pieces are too big.

The original yogurt was okay. It was cold outside but it melted pretty fast, so I guess there’s a lot of water in there, but not as much as tutti frutti thank god! I like the texture, very similar to white hat and to red mango. Taste wise, very similar to white hat.

For the other flavors, the raspberry was sour, like how it should be. Still the biggest fan of boysenberry from Golden Spoon though.

The Green Tea was my favorite. It tasted so good. Almost bordering on a fruity taste, but not quite. I will come back for that and that alone.

The other flavor that I didn’t taste was the White Chocolate Macadamia, but I actually came back the next day and a friend ordered that so I had a taste of it. It tasted like smoky chocolate. The macadamia had a nutty aftertaste (duh.) but I didn’t get any white chocolate, so for me that was a dud.

Plus points for this place is that the service staff were very helpful, they actually explained the concept nice to the people coming in, and over all, the place is very welcoming.

Although I must say, it looks so cool that if I was a normal Joe  or Jane, I would be scared to go in. The decor looks high end, but that’s actually one of the nice things about it.

Oh, and add more tables and chairs outside, it’s greenbelt and you know how people love to smoke.

All in all, when I do hit greenbelt and I need a less fattening dessert, i’ll prolly go with Qoola.

Also, people get really scared when they see self-serve! I love it! don’t be afraid! go try it!!


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

Yogurt Series: Tutti Frutti Yogurt

22 Feb

After eating a rather dissapointing takoyaki from maru-maru, I was walking by glorietta and saw a new frozen yogurt shop.

New concept, you get to choose the flavor of yogurt you want, dispense it yourself, pick and put as much toppings as you wany, and pay by the ounce, P20/oz to be precise.

So I scooted in over messed up my hands and chose about 4 flavors.

Peach, original, Strawberry and guava

Guava, really tastes like guava and it’s growing on me. I can’t imagine what topings would go along with this though, maybe nuts? Nah, still can’t imagine it. Next time around I’ll go ask.

Strawberry was tart, kinda reminded me of a more watery but more tasty version of lulu belle’s, which if u know me is my “sige na nga yogurt”

I like the original. It’s nice and tart. And nothing more to say.

Texture is pretty much watery. it melted easily, didn’t have a creamy aftertaste like for example, red mango or white hat.

The fun thing is, for 178 pesos I tasted almost all the yogurt flavors which makes it pretty rad in my book. The toppings were not really anything new. Still better than the measly offerings of some. For example, red mango.

Service-wise
This spot is new, there are a lot of employees who seem to be willing to please but are not really sure what to do.

Damn, the guava is really growing on me.

What I didn’t taste was almond, death by chocolate and the taro, which are very interesting indeed. I’m not sure if they change flavors everyday, but well. Maybe I’ll just suprise myself and scoot on here again.

Just heard that taro’s the bestseller, damn I should have tried that.

My suggestions to this place would be the ff:
– free handsanitizers, sticky!
– get a tv outside showing people what’s inside, in other words take a leaf out of pepper lunch’s book
– always have someone in the counter and the yogurt dispensing places to help
– and less watering down of of yo.
– and have some suggestions of combinations, for example what goes with guava froyo

Came back the same day with kasuy and tasted all the flavors I didn’t taste. The death by chocolate tasted like the hershey’s cone from ministop, ferr real.

The taro was good. I’m going back for that alone.

Tutti Frutti can be found at the 3rd flr of Glorietta 4.

Zenses, Liquid Nitrogen, and ME!

11 May

4276_104381423135_580273135_2713178_2237099_nTo all food afficionados wanting something new:

I recently attended a food tasting/launching in Zenses, neo-chinese cuisine place in the A.Venue Mall c/o Playboy Magazine. Initial impression of the sampling wasn’t very impressive, but I got what they were going for, which was a new twist to Chinese Classics. Suffice it to say, I was not super impressed, but what I was–was intrigued with a drink they made with Liquid Nitrogen, you heard it folks, LIQUID NITROGEN. So, I thought that maybe this place was awesome for drinks, but a friend of mine, showing great “bullshitting” abilities, got us free food not with the sample that they were giving–what food? POPCORN.

And that popcorn blew my food-loving mind.

For one thing, that popcorn was billowing out smoke like it was cooking from a witch’s cauldron! And when you put the popcorn in your mouth? The first bite spews out billows of cool smoke. That in itself was amazing!
The popcorn itself was sweet, salty and had this unique flavor that right now I can’t really tell you, but maybe with another bowl of that, I prolly could.(haha) I tell you, that was phenomenal for me as I’ve read about this, and only have seen this in television. (Heston Blumenthal anyone?)

That single moment in itself made Zenses, one of the restaurants I WILL try and eat again in properly, so I did.

Last Sunday, for lunch I took my family for Mother’s Day lunch in Zenses. We ordered : Not So Chicken Lollipop, and Beef Something (I forgot), Chicken and Salted Fish Fried Rice, Polunchai dimsum, and the Nitrogen Made Ice Cream. Yes, you read right— Nitrogen made Ice Cream.

The Chicken Lollipop was suprising. It was chicken loaded with other meat and goodies, served with a sweet-sour sauce, and a plum sauce. My brother, who’s the chicken-guy in the family gave it a thumbs up. The Beef dish was good served with crispy onion rings, a somewhat-typical chinese beef dish (think beef and brocolli, although less of an oyster sauce taste, a lot deeper, like it was made from almost demi-glace, in other words it’s like a beef stew, but with the barest hint of oriental) with peas. The Chicken and Salted Fish Fried Rice was good, my mother said, she could that eat that on its own.The Polunchai dimsum was not our choice, we ordered an Oyster Pancake but we were told the oysters were not up to par, and could not be served to us, and we were given a freebie instead.

Can I just take this moment to commend that restaurant for doing that. As you well know, Oyster Pancake will and can very well hide some if not, a lot of oyster imperfections, or even hints of it not being uber fresh. (Flashback to remembering an oyster pancake from a well-known chinese food joint. I shudder!) So we got the Polunchai, I’ve had this type of dimsum before, but it was way better than any I tasted, maybe because it was 1) free and 2)steamed fresh and not in those food carts that just go around and you pick? Hmm, it was good enough that we got another order of it that we paid for. har har!

Now comes the exciting part, table-side service. Any one knows that table side service is the bomb for foodies, but making ice cream!!? I thought i’d have to go to the states to get this, so I knew that I personally was in for a treat. We were given a slew of flavors to choose from— from baileys, to lavender, to rose, and that Hongkong flower.

We picked BACON AND EGG. I think it was the chef himself that served us (must get his name next time). I loved the interaction, and I honestly wanted to jump up and down and beg him to let me try it! (PS. I’ll prolly do that next time!). So after the smoke cleared, we saw semi-solid ice cream. We were given martini glasses, in which liquid nitrogen was poured (it really does bubble btw) and then our ice cream was placed in the cooled glasses, and we got to enjoy it.

I personally couldn’t taste the bacon, but I did saw bacon bits, but the egg was very present, and for a dessert, it was good, and I liked it. But I am excited to go back and try out the other flavors.

Total damage was only P1650 : ice cream, a rice dish, 2 main courses/entrees, a dimsum dish for 4 people who were very psyched to have eaten there, and will return for more.

So foodies, let’s go eat there?!!! I think we’ll have a great time asking/harrasing the persons to let us try making our own table-side ice cream! har har!

PS. The table beside us were calling their friends and telling them about it, and video-taping it, which I should have done too! haha!