Showing posts with label Where to eat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Where to eat. Show all posts

Friday, December 6, 2013

Where to Eat in San Fernando, Pampanga

I had a hearing last Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga; and since I still didn't know how to drive (2014 resolution!), I had to request my husband to drive for me. He'd be leaving for the States the following Sunday, so it really seemed like the perfect time to consider that day our little date.  

A few years back, my former officemates and I went out on a food trip to Pampanga. It was my first time there and we really had a grand time, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to blog about it. (Just in case you want to venture on a food trip, try VFW Canteen, Everybody's Cafe, Bretto's and Nathaniel's, of course!)

Remembering my favorites from that food trip, I planned on bringing my husband to VFW Canteen in Angeles. But when he learned that we'd travel far only for the eggs benedict, he gave me "the stare" haha. And besides, the hearing took long and we were both famished, so we decided to take our late lunch at a good place nearby.

We voted on A La Creme, a restaurant famous for their steaks and cakes. 

It was conveniently located along McArthur Highway, just a few blocks away from the court. 

Here's what we had:

The chicken quesadilla was my favorite. It was gooey and cheesy, and plenty enough to be a meal on its own (although it was actually just an appetizer).

The pasta was my order. It didn't say in the menu description, but this was a bit spicy. Just add a little bit of olive oil and perfect na!

The steak was for the husband. He said the meat was good, and I agreed. (But then, we don't have steaks very often, so we're not your most reliable source of food review. Haha.)

Of course, we had to try their desserts. We were told these two cakes were their bestsellers.


I was not a fan of ube macapuno cake, but I thought this was okay for the price.

The sinful chocolate cake was really sinful because it was too sweet! (Poco Deli at Mary Grace chocolate cake pa rin!)

Our verdict: The main course were all good, specially the chicken quesadilla. The desserts were just okay. 

And just because it was a rarity that we were out for a long time, just the two of us, that made me one happy pregnant woman. 

31 weeks in this photo.

'Til next food trip!

There are several branches of A la Creme all over Pampanga. But we visited the one located in CTH Building, McArthur Highway, Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Where to eat in Binondo

I haven't done my Where to Eat portion in a while because obviously, I have not gone outside the metro for so long! My new job has put in obscurity all my junkets, but I was okay with it since in exchange, I've been spending a lot of time with my boys.

Anyway, for our second wedding anniversary,  we opted a do-it-yourself food trail in Binondo. This was a more adventurous celebration compared to our first wedding anniversary, when we just had lunch at Chocolate Kiss in UP and then a heavy-movie date right after. Think Incredibly Close and Extremely Loud, where I cried buckets of tears. 

Anyway, here's what you can eat (and expect) at a Binondo Food Trail:

How to get there:
I would not recommend bringing your car for lack of a good parking space. And besides, the trail would require a lot of walking since most of the nooks and crannies were difficult to reach by car. If you have no qualms taking public transportation, that would be better. Just make sure to wear comfortable clothes, take care of your belongings, and ready your parasol. Majinet!

From Makati, take a bus/jeep going to LRT Buendia Station. Take the train and alight at Carriedo Station. Walk a few blocks, don't be afraid to ask around. If you see the Plaza Sta. Cruz with the Carriedo Fountain in the middle, you're on the right track. Enter through the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch (or Arch of Goodwill), and let the foodfest begin!

1. Shanghai Friend Siopao
This was the first on the list- a yummy siopao that's fried! The place was unassuming, so make sure to carefully look for every signage so that you wouldn't miss it. It was located along Ongpin corner Bahama Streets. Each siopao costs P16.00 each, we shared three siopaos. How was that for a cheap date? Kristan said the siopao was good, and I agreed very passionately! Eating it removed my weird fear everytime I would bite any siopao that I was actually ingesting a cat! This one tasted very "veggie", although it wasn't really made out of pure vegetables.

Shanghai Fried Siopao
This is how it's done

2. Dong Bei Dumplings
This was a small stall located at almost the tail end of Yuchengco St. (from the main road, turn to the side where a grocery stall was located). 

Their specialty was kutsay-filled steamed dumplings, which was a healthy and yummy concoction that came cheap at P100 for 8 pieces.

Kutsay-filled steamed dumplings
 Kristan found it a little overrated though. We brought some as pasalubong, but it didn't taste as good when cooked at home. Joyce said their xiao long bao was also good, but we weren't able to try it. Tip: No matter how tempting, do not order softdrinks! I finished these dumplings off with a good old coke, and that sealed the end of the food trail for me!

While we were still full from Dong Bei's dumplings, we walked around and chanced upon this little grocery store called Bee Tin. It's a haven of Chinese products that we would not normally see in a regular grocery store. Kristan brought some fresh dates, while I tried this milk tea. 

This was a little pricey so I was crossing my fingers that they would taste like my favorite Toastbox's cold teh. It was a good thing that they did not disappoint.

3. Wai Ying Restaurant

This was where we had lunch. We ordered Beef Wanton (P100)
Pardon the mess! Not really a good photoblogger, eh?

Beef Chong Fan (P65)

This was a flat dumpling with soysauce. I wasn't able to try this since I made the dumbest mistake of stuffing myself with coke. My husband said they were just okay.

Hakaw (P70)

They were good, one of my husband's favorites!
Siomai (P65, four pieces), which I forgot to take a photo of. 

Milk Tea (at P50 each)

I'm an ultimate milk tea fan! Even before they became a craze, I was already in love with Chowking's Nai Cha. That was why I expected a lot from the authentic ones. They were patiently made through the contraptions shown in the photo below..
Nai cha love!
 And I was so happy with the result! Their milk tea was the bomb.

There were other food stops which we opted to try some other time. The Kainan sa Estero located in an alley beside the estero was known for their crispy fried frog legs. We thought family life was adventure enough for us, so we passed up on the frogs!

Another famous food stop is the Cafe Mezzanine (located above Eng Bee Tin) known for their Soup #5, made out of bull's testicles. The proceeds from the said restaurant were said to go to the volunteer firefighters of Binondo. So if you weren't really a fan of exotic dishes, perhaps these firemen will be reason enough for you to try it out. 

There you go! We had fun doing this food trail. You should try it, too! 'Til the next anniversary =)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Where to eat in Cagayan de Oro City

I would not make a good food blogger. To put it bluntly, I didn't know enough adjectives for foods or the restaurant's ambience. The most that you could possibly read in my posts would be the likes of "it melts in your mouth but not in your hands", or "it was bursting with flavor". That would probably be it, along with "the food is good, the food is not good, it is expensive, it is cheap". 

But whenever I was assigned to an out-of-town work, the first thing that would come to my mind was to find the right places to eat and the best choice of food. And there weren't a lot of help offered by the internet because mostly, the reviews were restaurant-specific, not geographical. Of late, I had been given out of town field works in the office that required me to stay overnight, I figured it would be nice to do a recommendation where to eat in the provinces that I would be assigned to. To me, food choices were subjective. What might be palatable to me might not appear the same to another. So I would feature the restaurants that I had visited and you could just look at the menu for yourselves. Or you could try what I ordered and proceed at your own risk. After all, food choices for me had always been a series of hit or miss.

Let me begin this series with my gastronomical experience in Cagayan de Oro City.

La Tegola Cucina Italia
They call these focaccia. I thought focaccia was a rather thick bread where you could put spread on, but these were very thin-sliced crispy bread. It was so good and the best thing about it was - it's a complimentary appetizer -- so they could call it  aso and I wouldn't mind at all. 


Mozarella Cheese, tomato sauce, ground sausage, fresh tomato and herbs.
Price: P280
Good for sharing - but since I was alone, I had the left-over travelled all the way from CDO to Manila for the husband.
Definitely a hit!

Spaghetti Pasta with assorted seafoods, tomato sauce, wrapped in aluminum foil and baked in oven.
Price: P280
Just okay.

I ended my Italian feast with Pistachio flavored gelatto. I found it hard to stand up after because I gobbled up more than my body could carry. The next time I would be in CDO, I would definitely go back for more Italian lovin!

La Tegola Cucina Italia is located at #05 Rizal St., Gaston Park, Cagayan de Oro City. They also have several branches in Cebu City.

 La Vetta - Great French
If you're in the mood for some exquisite French cuisine, La Vetta might just be the right restaurant for you.

These are razor-thin slices of raw tenderloin beef drizzled with olive oil and topped with aged manchego.
Price: P195
Hit - but I thought my blood pressure shoot up after I downed all that raw beef!

Seafood treat of squid, mussels, shrimps and scallops in tomato sauce.
Price: P275
Hit - One of the best pastas I've ever tasted - with just the freshest seafood.

La Vetta Restaurant is located at Rosario Arcade, right beside Limketkai Mall.

Vienna Kaffehaus
Chopped tomatoes with garlic, basil, olive oil and parmesan cheese served on bread. 
Price: P85, if I remember it right?
Miss :( The tomatoes were not so fresh, and the taste left much to be desired.
Tender meat which falls right off the bone - baked in the oven and then grilled to perfection. Very generous sauce.
Price: P200

 Vienna Kaffehaus is located at #54 Don A. Velez-Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro City. 

Cagayan de Oro would not be tagged as the City of Golden Friendship for nothing. The people there were nice and accommodating. I felt safe roaming around the city streets, walking aimlessly at the Cogon Public Market, and taking public transportation (jeepney, multi-cabs, tricycle). By the way, please don't judge my appetite. Being a nursing momma, I kept on going back to the hotel to express milk. So that would explain the appetite.

'Til the next fieldwork!

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