• Location: Mall of Asia

    Just a matter of recording most of my dining experiences, I'd like to share what I think about Sbarro, at least during this particular visit.

    We ordered Baked Ziti with creamy ricotta, melted mozzarella and Romano cheeses as sauce (P96). Food facts: Ziti is a kind of pasta which is basically the same as penne (cylinder-shaped). Ricotta is made from sheep's milk. Though usually referred to as cheese, it is actually the leftover from cheese production.

  • Location: Cebu

    New "pasalubong" from officemates. Cebu is known for having among the best mangoes in the world. It is therefore not surprising that they have several spinoffproducts, from the popular dried mangoes to the interesting mangorind and the tasty mango chocolate.


    Mango + Tamarind = Mangorind

    That's the simple logic behind this local product. And it tastes exactly like that. Pretty yummy. :)

    Mango Chocolate

    Please, if you are in Cebu make sure you buy a box of Cebu Best's Mango Chocolates. They are the best! The best! You just won't get enough of the dried sweet mango covered in dark chocolate. Sigh. Unfortunately, my officemate informed  me that it's not something that is usually seen around Cebu. We think it is only available in the airport. I also read some online posts that it's on board PAL. As seen in the screenshot above, they export.

    Dried Mangoes

    Unfortunately, the Dried Mangoes brand that they bought was a disappointment. It tastes...well, there's no taste. They look pretty good but not enough taste in there. Don't buy this brand.

    2 Responses to “Cebu’s Mangorind, Chocolate Mangoes and Dried Mangoes”

    1. Hi! Just want to ask how much is 1 box of your chocolate mango. Appreciate we could receive your response as soon as possible.
      Thank you.
      • Hello. Please read carefully. This website is not a shop. It’s a personal blog. As I said in the post, I am also clueless as to where they are sold. Thank you for dropping by anyway.
  • Location: Camiguin, Misamis Oriental

    Through the course of my work, I have been exposed to various local delicacies. But there are only a few that has that "agawan" factor (meaning, people beg to get more). There's the delectable silavanas from Nueva Ecija (w/c I featured in my personal blog) and of course, the yummy Pastel or yema-filled buns from Camiguin.

    From myfreshcrumbs.com
  • Location: Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa

    Giligan's is one of my favorite hangouts because the place is part restaurant and part bar. You get good (relatively affordable) food and entertainment. It's casual and laid back, a little noisy when the band plays but still not that loud.

    Last Saturday, my friend celebrated her birthday at Giligan's. We bought her a chocolate mousse cake from Red Ribbon (we were ecstatic to learn that that was her favorite) and ordered the following:

  • As much as possible, I don't want to feature popular restaurants/fastfood chains but as I am also trying to be thrifty this week, I decided to just have dinner at Tokyo Tokyo the other day.

    Now unlike other fastfood joints, Tokyo Tokyo servings are quite generous. Their donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish) meals are more than enough for a hungry patron. Prices for each bowl are below one hundred pesos (I forgot but I think it's P96 and P85 for a la carte).

    We ordered Katsudon (breaded pork) and Crab Stick Donburi (with the usual batter fried vegetables). I love their Katsudon (well, I just love Katsudon. Period.).

    UPDATE: I visited their Facebook page to share my post when I saw that they have a promo. You just send them your contact details and let them re-post the promo on your wall and they e-mail you a coupon: 50% Fish Katsudon and Crab Stick Donburi Bowls. Visit https://www.facebook.com/tokyotokyophilippines?sk=app_294513340562651 for more details.
  • Location: Legarda St.

    Para naman maiba, naisip kong mag-feature ng totoong carinderia (hindi iyong Carinderia Sefali). Noong Biyernes, sumama ako sa Lakbayan ng mga magsasaka patungong Mendiola. Kaysa naman kumain sa walang kamatayan na fast food, tinahak namin ang Legarda para maghanap ng makakainan. Dahil gutom (hindi naman masyadong pagod dahil mula Morayta lang naman ang martsa), pumasok na kami sa unang karinderyang makita namin.

  • Location: Aurora Blvd. (across LRT Anonas)

    Want to try Korean food at affordable prices? We discovered a place near Anonas offering fast food Korean delicacies. Well, it's actually a noodle house/convenience store. Cool eh?

    We tried their Pork Bulgogi (P69) which was deliciously spicy. I love that the veggies are crisp and the meat was very tender and savory. Of course, it was paired with kimchi (they also sell frozen kimchi in bulk).
  • Location: Cebu

    The banana is among the Philippines' staple food crops. Out of all the countries, the Philippines is second only to India in banana production. This is why there are a lot of banana products out in the market, including the standard banana chips.

    I'm not really a fan of banana chips but the ones my officemate brought home from Cebu (brand is Bacaoco's) was the best I've had so far. The chips were thinly cut and really crisp. The sweetness was just right. It looks fresh too - nice bright yellow color.

  • Location: 116 Timog Ave., Quezon City

    What better way to spend the rainy night than eating? We went here last week (just had time to upload the pics today). Thank you to Amy and Mike for the dinner. Lol. :)

    We ordered a Forest Platter (P625; chicken, liempo, squid and the ubiquitous manggang hilaw). We loved their chicken. So tender and tasty. :)

  • Location: Krus na Ligas

    I've been wanting to do a review on the popular eateries around the University of the Philippines - Diliman. I was lucky enough to have dropped by Krus na Ligas with my officemates last weekend, eventually having lunch at Carinderia Sefali.

    Sefali offers various meals from sizzling plates to rice toppings. Half of us ordered big meals (P95) which in my opinion is more than enough for two people. See comparison between the big meal and the ordinary meal:

    The breaded fish fillet (as seen above) was pretty good though a little salty. I love it's crunchy and light consistency. The grilled liempo was also tasty and tender.
  • Location: Daraga, Albay

    Here's another yummy treat from Albay...

    Wrapsody's pilinut-filled pastries. Definitely world class. :) As their tagline goes: "Uniquely baked for your discriminating taste!"

    I'd say it's one of the best pilinut desserts ever. It's basically like baklava, layers of pastry filled with nut and syrup.
  • Location: Jollibee, SM North

    Dear Hashbrown Burger,

    Whatever they say...I still like you. Because I love hashbrowns and having non-rice meals (e.g. burgers) for lunch and at the same time I'm not a fan of burger buns.

  • Location: UP Ayala Technohub

    We ate at Seafood Island a couple of months ago so I barely remember our visit. All I can say is that I ate a lot and that the crispy shrimps were really good. We ordered a boodle feast, forgot which kind exactly (check their menu online).

  • Location: Mandaue, Cebu

    Masareal is among the special local delicacies of Mandaue City in Cebu. Off white and crumbly in texture, people love it because of its nutty and sweet taste. It is said that it is made by mixing dough, peanuts and sugar or syrup. There are a lot of home-made versions sold in Cebu but they say that the best (and the original) is from Didang's.

  • Location: Shaw Blvd.

    I was lucky enough to get a taste of Panciteria Lido's famous Pugon Roasted Asado (P267) the other day. And it did not disappoint.

    You could just taste the distinct pugon-roasted flavor. And the meat was so tender. I'm not a big pork-eater but I think I would be able to eat half a platter of Lido's.
  • Location: Shaw Blvd.

    I was lucky enough to get a taste of Panciteria Lido's famous Pugon Roasted Asado (P267) the other day. And it did not disappoint.

    You could just taste the distinct pugon-roasted flavor. And the meat was so tender. I'm not a big pork-eater but I think I would be able to eat half a platter of Lido's.

    Of course the whole platter was good enough for the seven of us. :)

    We also tried their Pancit Canton (P185). I was not that impressed with the taste, though. But my friends said it tasted good. I thought it was a little bland. But that's just my opinion. Nevertheless, it was ok, just not up to par with what I expected.

    And then there's the Steamed Fish Fillet with House Soy (P255). Now that I really liked. The taste was just right and the fish was so light (hey, that rhymed). It felt like it melted in my mouth.

    Click on the images to check out their menu.

    Panciteria Lido Delivery Numbers:

    1. West Ave. - 374-7494
    2. SM Fairview - 355-LIDO (5436)
    3. E. Rodriguez - 414-LIDO
    4. BF Homes Paranaque - 842-LIDO
    5. Las Pinas - 873-LIDO
    6. Shaw Blvd. - 725-LIDO
    7. Visayas Ave. - 441-LIDO
    8. Pasong Tamo - 811-LIDO
    9. UN Avenue cor J. Bocobo - 254-LIDO (5436)
    Addt'l Del#: 254-3378 & 0927-5637884

    Anyway, we were all definitely satisfied. :D

    One Response to “Panciteria Lido (Chinese Food)”

    1. bet!

  • As much as possible, I don't want to feature popular restaurants/fastfood chains but as I am also trying to be thrifty this week, I decided to just have dinner at Tokyo Tokyo the other day.

  • UPDATE: I am definitely not going back to this particular branch. A year after this post we returned and the place is disgustingly dirty. I got a small roach on my soup and the manager did not even apologize or offered to replace the food. Damn. Don't ever go to this branch.

    Location: Ali Mall, Cubao

    I was already running late, missing the 7:30 p.m. screening at Gateway so we decided to go to Ali Mall instead. If you haven't been to Ali Mall, the Aranetas have tried to make the interiors look like Gateway (even the cinemas). We found a small Japanese resto named Rai Rai Ken. I liked the ambiance so we headed inside before catching a 8:30 p.m. movie.

    First off, I would just want to say that their maki was the best! I am not a fan of sushi but Rai Rai Ken's (take note) "Super" California Maki (P105 for 4 pcs) was delightful. Everything was yummy. The overall taste was heaven and the crunchy seaweed (nori) wrapper gave it a nice consistency.

    Besides maki, we ordered Yakimeshi rice (P65 per cup), Gyoza (P65 for 3 pcs) and Chasyu Ramen (P105, originally P210 but they had a 50% ramen promo if you buy gyoza). The Yakimeshi is a must-try. It smells and tastes really good. I wish I knew how to make fried rice like that. The gyoza tasted a little raw but it's my first time to eat gyoza (though it's basically just a dumpling) so I'm not sure if that's how the Japanese version should taste like.

    And of course, the Chasyu Ramen tasted like the usual ramen but what made it really delicious was the tender slices of roasted pork. Yum! I prefer not to eat pork but Asian roasted pork is making me change my mind (check out my Panciteria Lido reviewtomorrow).

    The dinner only cost us P350 (because of the promo) and we weren't even able to eat it all up (well, just the ramen soup).

    I discovered that they have a website where you can check out their menu: http://www.rairaiken.com.ph/

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