Let’s Eat: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza (Makati City, PH)

Mi piacciono tanto la pizza e la pasta! (I like pizza and pasta very much!)

When I was self-teaching myself with some Italian words, these were some of my favourite besides my perennial favourite word “attraversiamo” (which means “let’s cross over”.

Going back to pizza and pasta, through the years, my tastebuds and stomach have developed this special love for these foods.  Hence, whenever I go for a food trip, I am always on the look-out for the best pizza and pasta and town.

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(Thanks to Fiel for capturing this panoramic shot)

Enter GINO’s BRICK OVEN PIZZA . This Neapolitan-style Pizzeria in Makati, Philippines located on Bautista Street, one of the side-streets of Salcedo Village, near the corner of Tordesillas (this is where the Salcedo Market is). And so before I leave Makati for another work opportunity, two of my workmates and I went on to try this pizza and pasta place.

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Upon entering the restaurant, I have noticed that the interior is simple with a comfortable vibe. Then came the menu… Going over it, I find the dishes straightforward – pizza and pasta, the very reason why we came. Here are the stuff they offer:

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APPETIZERS

House Salad

Mixed greens with balsamic dressing 150.00

House Salad with Burrata

Mixed greens with balsamic dressing 375.00

Summer Salad

Greens, prosciutto, dalandan dressing 195.00

Summer Salad with Burrata

Greens, prosciutto, dalandan dressing 420.00

Burrata Caprese

Cherry tomatoes, basil, burrata 335.00

Classic Burrata

Served with bread and olive oil 275.00

Classic Burrata with Cold Cuts

Ask the server for the available cold cuts for the day395.00

Burrata with Bolognese

Burrata, warm meat sauce, bread 415.00

Kesong Puti with Pastrami

240.00

PASTA

Aglio Olio

Spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, parmigiano 170.00

Tomato Basil

Spaghetti, tomato, basil, garlic, Parmesan 190.00

Salted Egg

Fettuccine, bacon, salted egg, cream, Parmesan 180.00

Classic Carbonara

Fettuccine, cream, egg, bacon, parmigianao 180.00

Bacon Sausage

Tagliatelle, bacon, homemade sausage, cream, Parmesan215.00

Pesto

Stracci, pesto, cream, olive oil, arugula, pine nuts 175.00

Bolognese

Pappardelle, bolognese sauce, kesong puti, basil, Parmesan240.00

Lengua

Tagliatelle, lengua, mushrooms, cream, Parmesan 230.00

Lemon Mushroom

Fettuccine, cream, mushroom, lemon, Parmesan 220.00

Stuffed Chicken

Tender slices of chicken breast stuffed with ground pork, served with aglio olio pasta 320.00

PIZZA

Margherita

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, basil 280.00

Queen Margherita

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, cherry tomatoes, basil 340.00

Arugula

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, cream, arugula 290.00

Sausage Pizza

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, homemade sausage, red onion, basil 320.00

Four Cheese

Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Blue Cheese, Parmesan340.00

Buffalo Chicken

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, buffalo chicken, blue cheese 360.00

Prosciutto Pizza

Tomato sauce, prosciutto, kesong puti, arugula 410.00

Panna Sausage

Tomato sauce, homemade sausage, cream, parmigiano reggiano 290.00

Bianca Verde

Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, ricotta, Parmesan, basil, arugula330.00

Rosa Bianca

Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, basil350.00

Mushroom Pizza

Cream, mozzarella, garlic, mushroom, blue cheese 345.00

Bacon Gouda

Honey, bacon, gouda 365.00

Pesto Mushroom

Pesto, mushroom, kesong puti, Parmesan, caramelized walnuts330.00

Lemon Speck

Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, Parmesan, lemon, speck, arugula455.00

SMEGG

Homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, gouda cream 370.00

Bomb

Balsamic onions, mozzarella, mushrooms, blue cheese 340.00

EXTRAS

Burrata

225.00

Parmigiano Reggiano

55.00

15.00

Gouda

55.00

Blue Cheese

25.00

Cherry Tomatoes

50.00

Kesong Puti

50.00

Garlic Mushrooms

65.00

Balsamic Onions

60.00

Bacon

115.00

Sausage

55.00

Prosciutto

120.00

Speck

120.00

Salami Milano

120.00

Guanciale

120.00

DRINKS

Bottled Water

30.00

Softdrinks

50.00

Iced Tea

Pitcher 120.00

Calamansi

Pitcher 150.00

Dalandan

Pitcher 170.00

Lemonade

Pitcher 250.00

What We Had:

For the pasta, we tried Salted Egg Pasta (P180). I personally adore the taste of the fettucine – aldente and gooey.I am personally surprised that the bacon-salted egg combination works wonders to the palate! It is like a Filipino-version of carbonara but is creamier.The other pasta we tried is Bacon Sausage (P215). Just like the salted egg pasta, this too has a creamy consistency. What made this dish a stand out is the sausage which really tasted good.

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For the pizza, we tried one of their best-sellers — SMEGG (P370). I love the fact that it is thin crust, with the right crisp and generous toppings. We also ordered Margherita Pizza, which is made up of tomato sauce, kesong puti, and basil. With just three ingredients, it is just so amazing to the taste as it really was flavourful!

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And finally, we sampled one of their desserts – Chocolate Chicharon!!! Okay, I admit, I ordered it because I find it unusual and to satisfy my curiousity. When it arrived, it wasn’t really enticing to eat, but when I got to taste it, I find the weird combination working some wonders to my taste buds. The dark chocolate surpisingly tasted good with the chunk of crispy chicharon.

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In general, I love the food at GINO’s. I am looking forward to trying out their other food offerings especially their burrata which most people have raved about.

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GINO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA MAKATI
Bautista near corner Tordersillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Email: ginosbrickovenpizza@gmail.com
Mobile: +63 917 964-5339 (for reservations)
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm

***Special thank you to Alyssa for allowing me to use her phone to capture our food. hehehe.

Let’s Eat: The Yoghurt House (Sagada, PH)

Do you want to experience and understand the lingo of food? Then Sagada is one place your palate must come to taste.

Besides the numerous natural attractions this mountainous town offers to every tourist, it is also being raved for the growing number of cafes and restos that prepare good food.

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***Some of the above photos were captured by my good friend Marje 🙂

Perhaps, the most established among these is The Yoghurt House. Cliché as it may sound but you haven’t been to Sagada if you haven’t eaten at this famed “yoghurt” place. It is called such because it was their yoghurt that made this food hub well-known. Topped with granola, strawberry preserves and banana, their yoghurt’s sour with a hint of ssaccharine goodness kept me coming back for the past 8 years.

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Aside from yoghurt, they also serve a variety of pasta and meat dishes which are all palatine-satiating and tummy-filling. The food price ranges from P80-300. (Some may find it quite expensive but I am pretty sure that once you taste it + that generous serving, you wouldn’t mind paying for such amount).

The place in itself is a delight to the eyes. The vibrant signage outside would easily catch one’s attention. The interior is adorned with Cordilleran artefacts. The wooden tables make the place more cozy, homey and really inviting. I personally love the balcony.

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So if it’s your first time in Sagada, make sure to drop by The Yoghurt House. From the municipal hall and the bus station, it is just about a 5-minute walk.

Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.

Let’s Eat: Caution Hot (Quezon City, PH)

Last night, my friends Daphne, Hazel and I decided to meet up and eat somewhere in Maginhawa Street – a popular food hub in Quezon City. Because the area is lined up with loooots of cafes and restaurants to choose from, it is quite a challenge to decide which place to dine.

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As Daphne and I were waiting for Hazel, we saw this imposing sign at the corner of Magiting Street that says CAUTION HOT. Our nosiness led us to their doorstep and checked out what is in their menu. Entering the simple and straightforward resto, my sense of smell immediately signaled my stomach that this is where it would want to be filled. It was a noodle house. Honestly, I am not a fan of Chinese noodles and is more of a Ramen person. BUT, after seeing their menu and the bowls of noodles being served, my taste buds seem to have had a change of heart… errrr I mean, taste.

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And so we lined up (yes, we had to wait because this noodle house is full-house that time, giving me an impression that it must be a gastronomic-worthy place). While waiting, Daph and I decided on which noodles to try. Here is their menu (if you notice, prices are actually cheaper than ramen).

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Okay so this is how you order. (It is like a DIY thing).Firts, you have to choose the toppings (all veggie, pork, beef or seafood); second, the kind of broth (option of Szechuan, Asam Laksa, Classic). Next you will be asked to choose the kind of noodle (whether wheat or egg noodles), and finally, your choice on how you would like to burn your taste buds (First Degree Burn, Second Degree Burn, Third Degree Burn and Ultimate Burn) — which indicate how spicy you want your noodle bowl to be.

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What did we order?

Our 1st bowl is made up of Seafood + Szechuan + Egg Noodles + First Degree Burn. (Hahaha, we were quite apprehensive that the 2nd degree would already denude our buds). Our 2nd bowl contains pork + classic + wheat noodles. Since it is classic, the broth is non-spicy. We also ordered Pork-Kutchay Dumplings, served with chili sauce, calamansi and a light soy dressing.

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Now for the verdict: The Schezuan broth in 1st degree burn was already spicy to me, but was tolerable and I/we enjoyed every taste of it. I love that it contains veggies like bok choy, cilantro, garlic and mushrooms.  The seafood (shrimps, crab, squid) that go with it are as tasty as the soup base. And the idea of adding a sunny-side egg (instead of a hard boiled one like most ramen have) is such a nice surprise. The classic pork noodles was equally palatine-satiating. I like the subtle sweet taste of the pork that goes well with the not too salty soup base. So if you will ask me which I like better, I say I can’t because I love them both. The dumplings, on the other hand, were so delicious (oooops sorry for that cliché description,that is more than enough for me to describe its taste because I have a special liking for dumplings).

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I will definitely come back and try their Soy Milk, Oolong Milk Tea and their Fruit-Syrup Shaved Ice or Bao Bing. Food is great, not very expensive (we only spent Php490/3), and really a noodle-lific, satisfying food experience in Caution Hot.

CAUTION HOT: Spicy Noodle House is located at Magiting Street, Teachers Village,Quezon City, Philippines. Operating Hours are as follow: Mon to Thurs: 1130am to 11pm; Fri to Sat: 11am to 12mn; Sun: 11am to 11pm

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Thanks to Daph for allowing me to use her phone’s camera to capture these. Cheers to more food-tripping with you guise! And yes, do not be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…

Let’s Eat: Chef’s Home (Baguio City)

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Since I started travelling, I have become more appreciative of various cuisines – local and international. Most of the time my taste buds and stomach are able to fiddle with the different flavors they get to savor.

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Having studied and worked in Baguio for several years, I had every opportunity to visit most of the cafes and restaurants in the City of Pines. One specific restaurant most baguio foodies and even visiting food bloggers rave about is Chef’s Home.

This food abode owned by a Malaysian chef (Chef Alvin Emuang) has established itself as one of the best places to eat in Baguio City. Offering an array of authentic Asian cuisine, the very modest restaurant (that looks more of a carinderia) is heaven for good, good, good food. Looking into their menu, a typical Filipino could obviously say that most of the foods aren’t the usual ones we eat everyday. To most, the, the taste could be very strong – spicy, sour, sweet. But for a person who likes trying out almost everything, I say EAT and ENJOY!

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My friends and I had difficulty choosing which ones to sample. So after some deliberation, we ended up ordering the following. We had Pad Thai (I was on a search for the best pad thai then in Baguio so I insisted we try their version of this noodles and boy! It was delicious!). We also had a serving of their stir-fried okra which I think is also palatine-satiating just like its kangkong counterpart.

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Then we had coffeelicious pork. Okay this we had to order because we were all curious how coffee would taste when cooked on pork, and yeah, we ended up disappointing our palates with its super bitter taste. We had the usual Thai rice which I think is already a complete meal. And for dessert, we all agreed that Chef Home’s Roti is the best and is in a very generous serving. For their menu, check the photo below.

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All in all, it was such a flavorful experience. Despite the unpretentious frontage, Chef’s Home is indeed a gastronomic gem with its Asian blend offerings. By the way, if you want to eat at Chef’s Home, it is best to make a reservation (0916 444 5756). We didn’t almost have a table to eat as the place was (surprisingly full and reserved) during our visit.

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CHEF’S HOME BAGUIO
13 Outlook Drive (corner Romulo Drive), Baguio City (near The Mansion)
Mobile: +63 916 444-5756 or 0999 774-6624
Open from 11.00am – 2.30pm and 6.00-9.30pm
Note: Closed on Sundays.

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Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…

Let’s Eat: Crepeman Cafe (Pasig City, PH)

Crepeman Café is a crêperie that serves crispy crepes — both sweet and savory. I got to first taste their crepe during a visit to Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. When I got an opportunity to eat at Kapitolyo in Pasig, I saw another Crepeman Café adjacent to Kanto Freestyle.

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Crepeman Café in Kapitolyo is more spacious (and cozy) compared to its Maginhawa counterpart.  The Menu of this café is an array of simple sweet and savory kind of crepes. The names are pretty catchy with a short description of what each crepe has inside.  They do have a section for add-ons too. (Refer to the list below for their menu). During my latest visit, the café now offers all-day breakfast meals. I tried their tuyo meal and the flakes are big and satisfying.

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They also offer various refreshments that range from milkshakes, fruit shakes to hot and cold coffee/tea products. It is great to note that the price is affordable. Moreover, the crepes are served in a cone type carton (although I have learned that you may request them to serve the crepes on plates with fork and spoon serving).

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I have tried several of their sweet crepes and they’re just enough to satiate my sweet tooth. I yet have to try their savory ones though. (And oh, did I mention that their staff are really nice and friendly).

In general, I think the idea of this café’s crepes is worthy of a visit.

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MENU:

Sweet Crepes

Choco – Choco Spread – 50

Choco Loco – Choco Spread, Kisses – 60

Fererro – Nutella, Nuts – 80

Nabana – Banana, Choco Spread, Whipped Cream, Kisses – 90

Peaches – Peaches, Choco Spread, Whipped Cream, Kisses – 90

Mango – Mango, Choco Spread, Whipped Cream, Kisses- 90

Blueberry – Blueberry, Crushed Graham, Cream Cheese, Whipped Cream – 95

Mango Nabana – Mango, Banana, Choco Spread, Whipped Cream, Kisses – 100

Mango Peach – Mango, Peaches, Choco Spread, Whipped Cream, Kisses – 100

Chaos – Mango, Banana, Peaches, Choco Spread, Whipped Cream, Kisses – 110

Savoury Crepes

Hamtaro – Ham, Mayo, Cheese, lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 95

Dental Floss – Pork Floss, Mayo, Cheese – 100

Catch Me – Tuna, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 100

Porky’s Bacon – Bacon, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 100

Bulldog – Cheesedog, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 100

Philly Cheesesteak – Beef, Caramelized Onion, Cheese, Cheese Spread – 100

Beef Up – Burger, Patty, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 100

Comb My Hair – Bacon, Ham, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 110

Doggy Combo – Bacon, Cheesedog, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 110

Chicken Salad – Chicken, Ceasar Dressing, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 110

Mix It Up – Tuna, Cheesedog, Bacon, Ham, Mayo, Cheese, Lettuce, Corn, Pepper – 110

Chicano – Ground Beef, Tomato, Onion, Cheese, Lettuce, Pepper – 110

Add Ons

Lettuce – 10

Cheese – 15

Ice Cream – 30

Corn – 10

Tomato – 10

Drinks

Mango Shake – 95

Banana Shake – 95

Avocado Shake – 95

Mango Banana Shake – 100

Vanilla Milkshake – 90

Strawberry Milkshake – 100

Oreo Milkshake – 100

Choco Milkshake – 100

Bottled Water – 25

Canned Soda – 35

Arizona – 70

Blended Iced Tea – 75

Matcha Green Tea – 65

Brewed Coffee – 65

Iced Blended Coffee – 95

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CREPEMAN CAFÉ

San Rafael Street, corner 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Diliman Maginhawa St. , U.P. Village, Diliman , Quezon City

Let’s Eat: Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe (Pasig, PH)

I am a self-confessed green tea/matcha lover. I like anything with green tea. Perhaps, my palates fondness of tea (matcha) in general is un”matcha”ble. So whenever I hear of, read of or learn of a place that serves matcha delicacies (which is by the way pretty rare here in the Philippines), I would most certainly storm my way.

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And so, when the wife of a foreign friend told me of Kissako Uji Matcha Café, I immediately made my own research about it and told myself that I would pay this café a visit the soonest my weekend is free from out-of-town trips.

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Kissako Uji is a Zen-inspired green-tea café. (Such a breather from an uncountable number of coffee shops around the country). Dissecting the café’s name — kissa means “café” in Japanese, while uji is a Japanese city popular for its quality teas. They serve an array of green tea drinks (also Japanese coffee) and sweets that would surely satiate your palates love for green tea.

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Wayback pharma days, I have always adore tea products. Learning how beneficial tea is made me love it even more. Matcha is an exceptionally pulverized green tea leaves. It usually has a bitter taste because of the alkaloid present in it (thanks again, Pharmacognosy for the knowledge).

So what did I try during my visit? Here we go… I asked for their best-sellers and I was offered to try out their Iced Matcha Latte – subtle bittersweet flavor. Just the way I like it, unlike other matcha drinks that are too strong with its bitter taste. I have learned that the milk they use is organic.

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I haven’t eaten my lunch then so I asked if they have noodles or anything other than sweets and drinks I was delighted to know they do serve ramen. And yes, it is a matcha ramen! How lovely could that be? The Japanese style noodles of the ramen is organic matcha flavored. It is topped with several pieces of pork and egg. It was a food presentation without much embellishments. The taste, however, is beyond palatable. The seaweed containing fish-based soup did lots of wonders that my taste buds were screaming with joy.

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Next, I ordered their best-selling dessert — an eight-layer sweet course called Matcha Parfait, that is made up of green tea ice cream, pieces of rice cake they call shiratama, sponge cake that’s matcha flavored, matcha jelly, a pasty red bean called anko, some whipped cream, crunchy corn flakes and nata de coco. Imagine how satisfied your sweet tooth be after eating it.

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I also got to taste one of their newer offerings called Shiratama Kinako dango balls with green tea syrup and red bean paste. Dango balls are a mochi balls made of rice flour and water. Kinako is actually a soybean flour. I ordered a hot chocolate-hojicha with this. They seem to be a perfect blend to my taste. Hojicha tea is brownish-green in color and quite fragrant with a smooth, nutty and toasty without being bitter in flavor.

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Still wanting to try their other pastries, I went on to order a piece of matcha cookie and a slice of matcha fromage. The cookie has a restrained taste while the fromage has a nice strong taste of matcha and creamy yoghurt. 

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They have other mouth-watering desserts that I plan at tasting at when I get back. In the meantime, below is a quick glance at what they offer. Surely, Kissako is a “matcha” made in heaven especially for green tea lovers, and Japanese pastry fans.

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Kissako Uji Matcha Café

Pioneer Center, Pioneer Street corner Brixton Street, United Avenue, Pasig City
Contact: (02) 730-3356
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Let’s Eat: Tawi-tawi Food

One thing I look forward during a visit to a new place is the food. My recent trip to the Philippines southernmost province, Tawi-tawi, was a feast not only to the sense of sight (for its endless stunning sceneries) but also a delight to the sense of taste. Here are 4 of my favorite dishes during my Tawi-tawi sojourn.

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TIYULA ITUM: (Black Soup with Burnt Coconut)

Tiyula itum is a beef soup-stew of Tausug origin (Tausug is a tribe in Mindanao). According to a local, this dish is always served at weddings, or at any other celebration. It’s most striking characteristic is its black – dark grey colour, that may come across un-enticing. The dark colour is because of the burnt coconut which adds up to a more distinct taste to the stew. I have come to know that it is actually an ingredient unique to the Tausug cookery.

Tiyula itum’s meat seem to have been braised with fried onion and garlic. Turmeric, and ginger (this adds that sumptuous warm taste) are also added. No wonder, the taste of this dish is just oozing with flavors inside the mouth.

It’s my favorite from among the food we have tasted in Tawi-tawi. Though many of you may have never tried it, i guess its high time to step outside your comfort food ‘zone’ when you happen to be in Tawi-tawi.

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SATTI: (Chicken or Beef or both)

Satti is a spicy dish well-known from among locals of Western Mindanao (from the Zamboanga Peninsula down to Taw-Tawi). It is served with sticky rice, and sticks of either grilled beef and chicken meat (or both) swimming in a thick, spicy, flavorful hot sauce. I believe it is the sauce that makes all the difference

Distinct taste (and smell) I have sensed are turmeric, curry, pepper, and garlic. It seems to me that it also has lemon grass and coriander in it making it more desirable to the taste. Oh how I love the things I have learned in Pharmacognosy!According to what I have read, tomatoes, and peanuts may optionally be added to tone down the zesty flavor of satti’s sauce.

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Credits to The Coconut Dude in IG for this photo of Chicken Pyanggang. My excitement and hunger hindered me from taking a personal photo of this dish when I was in Tawi-Tawi.

CHICKEN PYANGGANG (Chicken in Blackened Curry)

Chicken piyanggang is a Filipino dish made of chicken braised in turmeric, onions, lemongrass, ginger, finger chilis, garlic, coconut milk, and ground burnt coconut (just like tiyula itum). It originates from the Tausug people of Sulu. The dish is characteristically black in color to which one might initially perceive it as “dinuguan” a popular Filipino dish that uses blood. The chicken may also be grilled before adding the marinade.

Got to try this at a local stall while in Bonggao and during a trip in Zamboanga. I must say that the “gata” taste (or coconut milk) blends really well with the various spices used.

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KILUR: Breadfruit

The first time I have tasted this exotic fruit was last year during a Batanes trip. This year, my palate and this fruit’s starchy taste meet again. The dish I have tasted in Batanes was cooked with coconut milk. This time, “kilur” as locals would call it, is turned into a sweet delicacy. At first, I thought we were served with cassava. But the fried kilur drizzled and cooked with sugar had a more distinct taste.

As what I have learned in Pharma school, breadfruit’s starch can actually be used as a substitute to any starchy root crop like potatoes. I was more convinced that the claim holds true as it is really starchy. I am guessing one can also turn these fruits into chips or maybe turn them into candied desserts.

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MEE GORENG: Fried Noodles

This fried noodle dish popular from among our neighboring Southeast Asian nations (Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore) perhaps is one food that can also be found in the streets of Tawi-tawi. It is a flavorful and spicy noodle dish made with thin yellow noodles fried in oil topped with fried, crispy garlic and onion and even egg.Vegetables like cabbage may also be added. A special sauce that accounts for its spiciness, makes it a palatine-satiating meal.

Good thing there were stalls selling ready to cook mie goreng that I was able to bring home some.

So there! I have tasted other dishes but these are 5 of my favorite. And oh, did i mention I like their halo-halo too. I actually ate halo-halo on 5 occasions (not included are the 2 knicker bockers I ate in Zamboanga)… hahaha… Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.

Let’s Eat: Early Bird Breakfast Club

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” – John Gunther

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What better way to start the day than with a sumptuous and tummy-filling breakfast. When I was a child, my mother would always remind me and my sister as to how “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. And she was right. It is essential to invigorate our body straight away in the morning if we want to be feeling good at work or at school.

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One of my favorite breakfast place is The Early Bird Breakfast Club which has three locations at the moment: BGC in Taguig City, Century Mall in Makati City, and Eastwood in Pasig City.

Here is a quick rundown of their menu, and some random shots of the food me and my sister have tasted on 3 different occasions.

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Healthy Brekky

Poached Egg Caesar

Crisp romaine and rustic garlic croutons tossed with homemade Caesar dressing and fresh Parmesan shavings, topped with a poached egg 195.00

Feeling Fruity

Seasonal fresh fruits with yogurt and Palawan honey 210.00

Spanish Sardines with Kesong Puti

Classic home-made Spanish-style sardines paired with local kesong puti. Served with crispy whole grain toast. The perfect dish for a light and healthy snack or starter! 225.00

Poached Salmon Aioli

Light poached salmon fillet on crispy whole grain toast topped with a poached egg and served with garlic aioli. 310.00

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Breakfast in Bread

Bacon & Egg Nest

Two strips of bacon and one egg baked with cheese on top of a soft bread cup with a small side salad underneath. 295.00

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup

Cheddar, mozzarella and gruyere between slices of toasted bread with sweet and spicy onion relish served with roasted tomato soup on the side 325.00

Eggs Benedict

Toasted English mufffin with warm honey roast ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce 420.00

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Bites of Breakfast

The Early Bird Toast

A simple but quirky toast to start your morning! 2 sunny side up eggs inside 2 toasts. 115.00

Sausage Skillet

Breakfast bites for the big boys! Hot plate of Spanish chorizo, English banger, hashed potatoes and caramelized onions.275.00

Bacon Twist

Twists of bacon baked to crisp peffection, served with classic maple syrup 295.00

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Sweet Sweet Breakfast

French Toast Fondue

With cinnamon sugar, maple syrup and melted chocolate 210.00

Brownie ala Mode

Get blown away with classic chocolate brownie and ice-cream with a smoking, sizzling, caramelized twist! A must try for chocolate lovers! 255.00

Choco Banana Berry French Toast

A combination of Nutella, fresh bananas and blueberry jam between caramelized French toast 295.00

Yin and Yang Champorado

Rich Belgian dark chocolate and Belgian white chocolate champodaro served with sweet toasted dilis on the side 275.00

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Early Bird Signature Pancakes

Homemade American pancakes with unique blend of fruit-infused cream butters and Vermont maple syrup 325.00

Build your Own Omelette

A classic seasoned 3 egg omelette with your choice of the following fillings:

Onion – 10.00; Tomato – 10.00; Potato – 25.00; Kesong Puti – 40.00; Cheddar Cheese – 40.00; Bacon – 60.00; Chicken – 60.00; Breakfast Sausage – 60.00; Mushroom – 85.00; Chorizo – 135.00

Breakfast of Champions

Carefully crafted dished to fulfill your breakfast cravings

Lemon Butter Bangus

Pan-seared bangus fillets with garlic lemon butter relish, served with breakfast rice and topped with a poched egg 325.00

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Adobo Sunrise

Breakfast rice overloaded with famous adobo flakes 325.00

Sunny Salpicao

Tender pieces of chicken breast marinated with signature sauce and sauteed with button mushrooms, served with breakfast rice and a sunny side up egg 345.00

Viva Longganisa

4 pcs. of heirloom-recipe longganisa served with breakfast rice and your choice of egg 345.00

Sweet Glazed Katcino

A delightful hybrid of your favorite tocino and katsu! Crispy boneless chicken coated in a sweet glaze over Breakfast Rice and topped with a sunny side up egg! 375.00

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Sausage & Bacon Stuffed Pancake

A savory and meaty pancake stuffed with sausage and bacon on a bed of onion gravy! Served with homemade mashed potatoes.375.00

Tenderloin Tapa

Beef tenderloin in sweet marinade, served with breakfast rice and your choice of egg 395.00

Chorizo and Mushroom Risotto

Spanish chorizo and fresh mushroom risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano 465.00

The Early Bird Full English

1 English banger, 2 strips of bacon, mushrooms, ripe grilled tomatoes, 2 fried eggs, hash potatoes, baked beans, and a choice of either 2 pieces of … + 495.00

The Early Bird Full English with Authentic Black English Pudding – 570.00

Arroz Caldo Crunch

Rice porridge with tender chicken breast fillets and famous adobo flakes 265.00 

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Sides

Toast – 45.00

Egg – 45.00

Plain Rice – 45.00

Whole Grain Toast – 55.00

Breakfast Rice – 65.00

Hangover Rice – 75.00

Black Pudding – 75.00

French Fries – 80.00

Hash Potatoes – 80.00

Bacon Strips – 120.00

Sausage – 120.00

 

*** Items and prices are subject to change without notice. Service charge may apply.

Drinks

Early Bird Signature Drinks

Babycino – 45.00

Nutella Hot Chocolate – 145.00

Oreo Snowflake – 145.00

Butterbeer – 155.00

 Coolers

Pandan Iced Tea – 95.00

Strawberry Passion Iced Tea – 95.00

Mango Honey Iced Tea – 95.00

Calamansi Hazelnut Iced Tea – 95.00

Lemon and Mint Iced Tea – 95.00

Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice – 135.00

Fresh Orange Juice – 165.00

Vitamin C Smoothie – 165.00

Flavors (Mango , Pineapple, Banana, Orange)

Tropical Smoothie – 165.00

Flavors (Kiwi, Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana)

Sodas

Coke – 65.00

Sprite – 65.00

Bottled Water – 45.00

 

Coffee Break

Espresso – 90.00

Espresso Macchiato – 95.00

Americano – 110.00

Cafe Latte – 110.00

Cappuccino – 110.00

Iced Latte – 115.00

White Chocolate Mocha – 120.00

Hazelnut Latte – 120.00

Iced Cappuccino – 145.00

 Tea (by Dilmah)

Brilliant Breakfast – 100.00

Pure Chamomile – 100.00

Green Tea with Jasmine Flowers – 100.00

Lychee with Rose and Almond – 100.00

Italian Almond – 100.00

Rose with French Vanilla – 100.00

 They also have a selection of Wines (both red and white)

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When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”

 

Let’s Eat: Gayuma ni Maria (Quezon City, PH)

Mischievous, inimitable, comfy – 3 words to describe this restaurant.

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Located at the tipmost part of Maginhawa Street in Quezon City is a quirky named restaurant called Gayuma ni Maria. It has become widespread for its outlandish interior. (The word “gayuma” means “love potion”). The menu is as eccentric as the restaurant’s theme. Every dish is named/related to love, commitment, desire and passion.

Here is a quick guide to their menu: (Photos uploaded here are those food that we have tried. I guess I have to go bac and try their desserts).

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Attraction – Appetizer

Tuliro – A nacho cheese dish with savory and yummy chicken/ pork flakes mixed in with …185.00

Forces – a fusion of “gayumatized” cheese, pesto and tomato spread served with garlic toast 105.00

Undress Me – Romaine heart salad with fruits with a choice of citrus vinaigrette, Balsamic vinaigrette, mignonette vinaigrette 185.00

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Courtship – Soup

Peek-a-Boo – Healthy, comforting yummy soup of creamy squash and just like your intentions: pure and authentic 125.00

Between the Sheets – Sandwich

Lumpiang Excited – Blushing pink lumpia wrapper encases a flavorful ubod filling with a sweet garlic sauce 120.00

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Commitment – Main Dish

Beef

Oh, Baby! – An affair so tender and sweet beef sirloin steak.  275.00

French Kissing – Ox tongue in a creamy mushroom sauce 265.00

Pork

Nilasing ni Eba si Adan – Pork belly slow roasted by herbs, apple and caramel brandy on the side with mashed potato. 275.00

Rock Me, Baby – Baby, you rock my world with this rack of BBQ pork ribs served with house-secret macaroni salad 265.00

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Seafood

Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back – Deep fried fish covered in chocolate and drizzled with home-made mango ketchup atop a hay of fries 255.00

Poultry

Chinoy in Seventh Heaven – Fried with a hint of Chinese spices seared with chinoy rice and taro fries 225.00

Please be Careful with My Heart – Half a chicken seared then slowl roasted in a concoction of garlic, lemon and herbs olive oil and garlic that’s perfect for the breast that needs a … 215.00

Come Fly with Me – Buffalo chicken wings with spiced sour cream dip 195.00

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Kabit (Add-Ons)

Plain Rice – 40.00

Garlic Rice – 50.00

Aligue Rice – 65.00

Mashed Potatoes – 55.00

Sweet Potato Fries – 50.00

Sautéed Vegetables – 50.00

Dirty Rice – 65.00

Pasta

No Boyfriend Since Birth – Shellfish with this perfect blend of pesto and cheese, who needs boys? Garlic pan de sal toasts. 225.00

Mi Amore – Perfect union of meaty Italian tomato sauce and spaghetti235.00

One Night in Paris – Cabernet Sauvignon beef stew on top of fetuccini noodles … 265.00

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Seduction – Beverage

Mango Margarita – 99.00/389.00

Baha sa Pag-Ibig – 99.00/389.00

Bayani Brew – 60.00

Softdrinks in Can – 50.00

Brewed Coffee – 75.00

Hot Tea – 65.00

Tsokolate – 75.00

Fruitshake – 85.00

Bottled Water – 35.00

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Temptation – Desserts

Beats Sex Anyday – Need we say more? Super moist chocolate cake. Just tell our servers if in fact it beats sex any day? 115.00

Twisted Pavlova – Named after the famous ballerina Pavlova who was known to be as light as a feather. Award Winning recipe merengue based cake will surely. 125.00

True Love – Double chocolate cake. Formerly known as broken promises because of popular demand we changed the name to True Love because they say they Gayuma-tized 115.00

This is the menu’s items and prices, as of May 31, 2015, may be subjected to change without notice. Service charge may apply.

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123 V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa st.) Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: +63921-6818989; +632) 441-4872.
Email: gayuma.gourmet@gmail.com

Operating Hours: Open from 10 am -11 pm on Monday to Saturday and 10 am-10 pm on Sundays.

Let’s Eat: Friuli Trattoria (Maginhawa St., Quezon City, PH)

One of the recommended places for a food trip in Metro Manila is Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. The place is lined with a diverse range of restaurants/cafes offering various cuisines to fit any foodie’s cravings. Most of these food hubs are small family-owned restaurants or start-ups of young entrepreneurs with a nonchalant and artistic vibe. One of the 1st restaurant I have been to is Friuli Trattoria.

Friuli Trattoria is a simple food abode that offers affordable Italian comfort food – basically pasta and pizza. The restaurant has a simple, and homey ambiance. Nothing fancy – usual chequered table cloths, monoblock chairs, and walls showcasing their menu items. But what makes the place stand out is the food.During my first visit, I did try 2 of their best-selling pasta.

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Angel Hair Puttanesca (P140.00)

Angel hair pasta with their version of puttanesca –  made of tomatoes, capers, anchovies & olives. The delicate strands of angel hair pasta is a pleasant contrast to the savoury, and zesty red sauce. I personally love olives and tomatoes that is why I went for this dish. This is a real Italian treat!

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Spaghetti Carbonara (P140.00)

It is a classic carbonara – white sauce with egg & bacon served with spaghetti.There carbonara has a distinct creaminess that is just right to my palate.

Friuli Trattoria

Address: #79A Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City, Philippines

Store Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00am – 1:00am

Phone: (02)4341416