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10 November 2009 @ 01:41 pm
4F Robinsons Galleria

The Place
There were no other customers when we entered. The place was quite comfy and clean probably due to the fact that the place was still quite new. As we sat down, our supposed family mojo started working and more customers came in. Fifty to seventy people could probably be accomodated quite comfortably. Lighting was ok - not too dark and not too bright.

The Service
The service could still use work but that was again probably due to the place being rather new and perhaps they were not expecting anymore customers for the night. The food was served in a reasonable amount of time and all the orders were complete.

The Food
The food was excellent for the price.

I had the baked onion soup and the 8oz blade steak cooked rare. The baked onion soup was nicely done. It had a lot of onion bits in it but not too much that it was more slop than soup. There was a generous amount of cheese but just right so as to dominate the taste of the entire soup. Unfortunately, my one and a half year old son tasted and liked the soup and commandeered it as his own.

The steak was minimally seasoned... the way i like it. it probably came back a bit bloodier than i like but it was fine. it was nice and tender though i noticed the last few bites were getting a bit tough. the meat was pretty well marbled for local steaks. two free side dishes came free with the steak. I chose mashed potato and garlic rice. The other choices were potato croquet, steamed rice and steamed veggies.

Other things to try are the white tea with grapes and the rootbeer float (though the serving is kinda small)

The steak cost Php 495, the rootbeer float was 75 and the soup was 75 as well. If you want a full meal complete with salad and appetizers, you'll prolly shell out around Php 800 for the meal. well worth it in my opinion

Not the best pic taken of a steak... haha!

Boozard is laikaken 's big brother.

23 September 2009 @ 09:49 am
Momo Cafe recently opened in the new Eastwood Mall (Ground floor area). We were actually curious on what their menu was like and how the cafe would look while it still had the boardups before. And when it finally opened, it was the first place we went to when visited Eastwood.

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22 September 2009 @ 06:32 pm
It's time for another restaurant (sort of) review! Presenting, Yoshi's Ice cream. One of the very few (afaik) cold stone ice cream establishments around Manila. (So far, I only know of two branches: Robinson's Galleria and SM the Block. )

What is cold stone ice cream you ask? Well, its basically ice cream and a bunch of other toppings -  mished-mashed, chopped and smooshed on a cold (stone) plate. It's different from a , let's say, sundae or banana split where the additional toppings is just... well... on top. It's not like a blended drink either, where ice cream basically melts and turns more like a shake.

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21 September 2009 @ 12:42 am

The other week, I had a craving for comfort food - you know, the kind that you want to just cradle in your hands because it's warm and it smells nice and you can watch TV while eating it. I had a small bag of yellow russet potatoes in the fridge, washed and clean, and I initially wanted to do mashed potatoes, but I Googled around and discovered potato casserole instead. I don't recall the exact site where I found it, but it's incredibly simple and satisfies the definition of comfort food. :)

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Current Location: Singapore
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
21 September 2009 @ 12:08 am

Tonight's dinner had to be special, of course - it's Eid-ul-Fitri, or Hari Raya Aidilfitri as it's known in this part of the world. It celebrates the end of Ramadan, the period of fasting for Muslims and the month when the Qu'ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Yes, I know all of these things because my boy's Muslim and I had to live with his crankiness (thanks to 12 hours of no food and no water) for a good four weeks. So he's celebrating a religious holiday, and I'm celebrating the end of the month of crankiness.

So I did a spin on my usual lasagna and have decided to call this Lasagna From Heaven. Seriously. Even I was surprised at how well it worked out. And it's halal! *sticks tongue out*

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Current Location: Singapore
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: The Football Channel O_O
14 September 2009 @ 10:03 am
When I attended a seminar two weeks ago, I was praying that it would be a rewarding and useful experience. It turned otu to be more rewarding than I expected!

When I entered the austere looking building, I was shocked by a brilliance of majestic gold and brown hues. Nothing could have ever prepared me for the severe change in color and how packed to the brim the hotel was. I thought it was just some dinky little hotel out in Malate.

Best of all, during the seminar, we were served big serving slices - a far cry from my previous seminars. I only had my camera on day 2, so here I present to you my day 2 meal.

This makes me curious as to what else other little hidden hotels have to offer.
04 September 2009 @ 12:24 am
For some weird reason, I had an insatiable craving for pork for the past few days. Since The Boyfriend is not allowed to have pork for religious reasons, I had to find some other company to satisfy my pork-related cravings.

So I dragged my friend Migoy, another Filipino, to a small kopitiam at the corner of Grange and Orchard Road to try out Mang Kiko's Inihaw. Yes, I know, it's very strange to have a small stall serving sisig, pork liempo, Pinoy-style barbecue, inihaw na manok, and other grilled items right in the middle of the busiest street in Singapore, but hey, good food is good food. They even had a sign in front that says "Yes, you've found us!" -- as if to emphasize our success in locating their very tiny, very insignificant corner of the world.

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And then tonight, because we had a guest over from the Office HQ, we decided to bring him to Tawandang Microbrewery, a small Thai microbrewery on Dempsey, which is just a stone's throw away from the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

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03 September 2009 @ 03:42 pm
Whenever I'm in the office and I don't feel like ordering food from the delivery service, I take early lunches in our building's food court (The Enterprise in Ayala Avenue). I have a budget of around 100 - 120 php for lunch, I know it's pretty expensive compared to ordering food from the service (costs only 50php), but I get really insatiable cravings all the time. I'm the type to order the same stuff over and over again, and it takes a couple of months or so before I change my food craving

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02 September 2009 @ 02:16 am
An interesting site shared by inbetweenpages , about a guy who rates instant noodles made all over the world.

Here's one of his many videos, featuring the Philippine's very own Pancit Canton by Lucky Me! Too bad he didn't like it much. LOL.

To see more, you have to visit his channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/tontantin

01 September 2009 @ 11:55 pm
The last day of our trip! Finally got down to write it. It was a Monday, so Gabs went off to work while me, Pam and Ruben are left to fend for ourselves and do some last minute money-hate shopping and eating.

We head back to Orchard for this, and have lunch at Takashimaya. I really... really really love that mall. Pam and I were settled on eating Katsu Curry, something we decided that we must eat in, upon seeing the stall 2 days back.

This is not the sign of the stall we ate in, but the message is clear. And gotta love the image...

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