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: 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: 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