Friuli Trattoria

Maginhawa Street in Quezon City is getting known as food street.  It’s as if the residences there suddenly realized they all wanted to open up restaurants.  To get there, you can go through either CP Garcia Avenue or via Elliptical Road.  (Maps courtesy of Google Maps and Wikimapia) Here’s a snapshot of the restaurants there. … Continue reading

Espresso Day at McDonald’s

I first heard about the espresso day promo from facebook.  So here’s the deal.  You know McDonald’s has McCafe.  Mondays and Saturdays only.  For every value meal that you purchase, you can have your drink upgraded for free to a regular cappuccino or a medium iced mocha.  I think it’s a great deal because an … Continue reading

Kiampong aka Adobo Rice

I grew up with a lot of chinese dishes and Kiampong is one of them.  It’s nothing but adobo rice, really,  with vegetables mixed in.   The kiampong that I grew accustomed to had chunks of radish and leafy veggies like Pechay.  Our ninang also made an excellent version, using hibi (dried preserved shrimps) and … Continue reading

PF Chang Mongolian Pork

So I’ve never been to PF Chang but my friends have told stories and squealed in excitement when they opened their first branch in Manila.  I wasn’t too excited to try it because I knew the prices would be sky high.  Other than McDonald’s, every other food place franchised from the US is expensive.  Think … Continue reading

Dessert Duo: Oreo Cookie Balls and Banana Chocolate Mousse

My boss in the US always comments on how many holidays we have in Manila.  Practically every month.  More notably, we had 3 holidays for August 2013.  If our office had been located in Quezon City, we would have had 4 holidays this month. But I made good use of the last holiday and tried … Continue reading

Clawdaddy Buffet

Asparagus with Leeks

I first had asparagus with leeks at one of the local chinese restaurants.  Back then, I think it was a trick to make it look plentiful since asparagus isn’t exactly the most widely available vegetable in Manila.  However, I did like the combination of the refreshing leeks against the  strong taste of the asparagus.  To … Continue reading

Chicken in Pineapple Stew

This is my version of the pininyahang manok.  I decided to cook it for dinner today because we did a major cleanup of the ref this afternoon to throw out all the stuff that were past the expiry date, felt really bad about the wasted food, and decided to make use of the neglected cans … Continue reading

Chicken with Chinese Sausage and Mushrooms

I’ve been acquainted with chinese mushrooms ever since I was young.  My dad used to slice them thinly, fry them in a little oil, then serve them with a drizzling of vinegar and a sprinkling of sugar.  That would be a special breakfast for me and my dad would always make sure I had a … Continue reading

Sesame Leaves

I like going to different groceries because you’ll never know what interesting things they sell in the vegetables section.  Although generally I would say that the vegetables in Landmark at Trinoma are fresher because of the high turnover, they have limited choices and tend to concentrate on the basics.  I usually don’t like to do … Continue reading