San Gines o Valor?
First time I visited Madrid back in 2002, I searched for Chocolateria de San Gines. Lonely Planet highly recommended the syrupy beverage, and for good reason.
On my last and recent visit, I was introduced to another chocolate shop -- Valor. I've tried their box of chocolates even before I sipped that hot Choco.
If you ask me, I'd still go for the old charm of Chocolateria de San Gines. Their churros look and taste better. As for the chocolate drink, it's a matter of choice. Some like it sweet. Me? I like mine not too sweet with a hint of bitterness.
For more photos, details and directions, check out this link. Buen provecho!
The Plantation Buffet Breakfast
All that for 200 pesos? Didn't discover it myself. Rather, my American friends did. Staying in Greenbelt Excelsior along C. Palanca Street in Legazpi Village, they simply had to cross the street from the condo building to enjoy buffet and free wifi!
Unlimited coffee/tea/juice, eggs any which way you like - omelette, sunny side up, scrambled, boiled - or fried rice to go with local sausages, ham, corned beef, tocino, tapa. Other days, there are adobo flakes and sardines.
Or you may want to go American with waffles or pancakes. Or simply enjoy a bowl of arroz caldo or congee. Surprised? Yes, all that for 200 pesos. That's only US$5!
There is an air conditioned area and an al fresco area. Stay where you prefer, and for as long as you want.
The Plantation is along C. Palanca parallel to Paseo de Roxas. From Greenbelt Paseo de Roxas entrance, cross towards Corinthian Plaza. Walk just a few meters till you reach the corner of Palanca Street. Turn right walking towards De la Rosa Street.
Kain Na In Ka Inatô
Inatô. To many, "inasal" or marinated chicken barbecue. This is Ka Inatô's signature dish. But I'd encourage you to also try their sinuglaw (sinugba+kinilaw) -- grilled pork with the local ceviche. Or any of the grilled seafood -- fish, stuffed squid, shrimps, etc.
It won't burn a hole in your pocket. Plus you get prompt service and ambiance!
Location: Rizal Street. Puerto Princesa City. Palawan.
For more photos and details, check out this link.
Back Again In Sebastian's
Now it is confirmed. I cannot stay away from Sebastian's Ice Cream. I'd always have this excuse that I wanted to introduce this artisanal ice cream parlor to my friends, but deep in my gut.....I just know I'm hooked!
With 5 of us going, I was excited to dip my spoon in 5 cups. Didn't miss the "mangga't bagoong" & "Sapin Sapin". I would have wanted "puto Bumbong"& "quezo de bola" but those were only for December. I was so disappointed that they've run out of the "Leche flan" ice cream. NOW I HAVE A REASON TO GO BACK!
So, come with me NEXT TIME. Then, another time. And yet another time!
Location: MALL OF ASIA (near IMAX 2f).
For more details, check out this link .
TAMILOK , anyone?
The WOOD WORMS of Palawan. Have you tried them? I wish I did. But I wasn't feeling FEAR FACTOR-ish the day we went to Baker's Hill. Certainly NOT just before a flight.
And yes, you read that right. BAKER's Hill. In puerto Princesa, Palawan. You need not go to some island or remote beach and ask a "Manong" (older brother) to scrape some tree trunk for wood worms. You can have them served on a platter here. Tastes like oysters, they say. Well, maybe next time!
For more photos and details, check out this link: http://marilil.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/bakers-hill/
Mochiko Gusto Ko!
I shouldn't be saying this. Rather, my "elves" should be the ones driving me crazy whenever they need their mochi fix.
Mochiko can be found in The Collective @7274 Malugay Street, Makati City. You can choose different flavors of mochi balls to take out or eat in the tiny shop with pink chairs.
There are many dining options in The Collective, a place oozing with bohemian charm and punk. I'm sure you'd find one that suits your budget.
Wherever you dine, just make sure your last stop is here before leaving The Collective.
For directions, more photos and details, check out this link ..
No Guilt Pangs in Lugang
Carnivores, hear ye! We can still gorge on our dinners in Lugang Cafe without ever feeling guilty. I know. It was so hard to peel ourselves from our beloved pork and mooo meats. After the holidays, we can still feel ourselves bloating from all that fat!
Vegetarian dumplings with ahem... Truffle oil. No carbs, you say? Well, have a plateful of jellyfish. Or spinach. Does the trick for me all the time!
Or you may want to go for that tofu dish paired with century eggs and smothered in flakes (Fish? Pork? Chicken? I didn't ask lest the guilt creeps in).
If you are dining with friends who need their meat though, convince them to settle for a hainanese chicken meal. Healthy, even if you get tempted to dip your chopsticks on their plates! Or.... Let them try the resto's signature dish of xiao long bao -- soupy dumplings. Yay!
Lugang Cafe is in Mall of Asia. Check out their website for other branches.
Best Mami In Town
The best! And don't hate me for this. Ain't available anywhere but somewhere in Concorde village where my BFF resides.
A word of advice: CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WELL!
Bar One's Super Burger
Thought it was a cake. Well, it came in a cake box! Cake. NOT! T'was a humongous burger complete with bacon, onions, tomatoes, greens and your choice of dressing.
My niece got it from Bar One. Holiday inn. Ortigas Center. Have one. Just ONE. With a size like that (it's bigger than my big round face), you can share it with the barkada!