Thursday, June 26, 2008

Caveman Mode

June 24, 2008
Jake's Steaks
Wack Wack Road, Mandaluyong City


Impromptu family dinner led us to this place referred to us by OliCat. Jake's Steaks serves awesome big-sized steak dinners with very reasonable prices. For hungry cavemen like me, order the T-bone Ulitmate for around Php 300. Y-U-M-M-Y!

Burger Avenue Q: The Review

June 21, 2008
Burger Avenue
Makati Avenue Corner Valdez Street, Makati City

After watching Avenue Q for the 2nd time, we just had to eat in theme so we decided to eat at Burger Avenue. My friend Kirby was talking about Burger Avenue's Ridiculous Challenge and we had to see for ourselves.

The challenge goes:

Order the Ridiculous Burger for Php 200

Text others your "good-byes"

Set the timer to 5 minutes

Visualize the enemy


Show your empty paper wrapper in under 5 minutes

Write down your name on the winners list

And you get your Php 200 back

Now, order another burger just because you are THE MAN

Only Kirby got to try the Ridiculous Challenge and it was too bad I didn't get to try it myself. Damn stupid toothache! :( I would have loved to be able to do this challenge also. I had to order ala carte instead. Ordered the... I've forgotten since I was busy drooling over the BIG-ARSE Ridiculous Burger. After the whole thing, I wished I had done it because even if I wasn't able to finish it, the 200-peso burger is well worth it. Their burgers are yummy and very juicy! Aileen ordered the Bacon Mushroom Burger and she loved it! :)

Burger Avenue, mark my words... I'll be back and conquer this challenge! (and order another burger for my midnight snack! Hehehe!)

Breakfast Of Champions

June 20, 2008
Flap Jacks
Greenbelt 2, Makati City

I'm not really a morning person and I HATE happy people so early in the morning. I just can't stand them. Only one thing, and one thing alone is good during mornings: BREAKFAST. A fairly new place opened up at Greenbelt 2, a place that serves breakfast. Flap Jacks.

I've heard about Flap Jacks from the radio (Good Times with Mo, Mojo, and Grace at 89.9) and when the gang decided to go there for dinner, I was excited. I've been craving for some Eggs Benedict for quite some time now so that was what I ordered. Eggs Benedict Pancakes is a dish in Flapjacks that uses pancakes instead of ordinary bread or muffin as lining for the poached eggs. Between the poached egg and pancake was a slice of breakfast ham and on top of it was a generous serving of hollandaise sauce to finish off the presentation factor. I love eggs benedict and this was probably a good version of it. It is definitely not the best eggs benedict I've ever tasted but good nonetheless. The hollandaise sauce is the basis of flavor for the eggs benedict. This is where you base the overall quality of the dish. So this is where I will expound on. The hollandaise sauce that Flapjacks uses is of good quality. It was served warm as it should be and very flavorful. A bit too tangy though in my opinion and lacked that buttery taste that I love. The egg yolk flavor was not overpowering, which was excellent. And the texture and consistency of the sauce itself was just right. In Flapjacks' case though, what made their eggs benedict really special was the pancake lining. The pancake was, as advertised, very fluffy. And I just love fluffy pancakes! :)

I also had the opportunity to sample the dishes my friends ordered like:

Beef Salpicao. Meat texture was inconsistent. Some were really tough and some were really tender. The taste was very flavorful. The dish was ok.

Hashbrown Burger. This was excellent. Very good for hamburger lovers who put fries inside their burgers because in this case, the kitchen staff puts a hashbrown inside the burger for you. Talk about good service! :)

Roastbeef. Kinda tough. The meat slices were of poor quality. I'd prefer Pancake House's version over this one. Better AND cheaper.

Country Fried Chicken. Southwestern meal that tasted like the roast beef. Maybe because they used the same gravy. Should have added more southwestern herbs or seasoning to make it more authentic. Chicken was not cooked consistently well. An "ok" dish.

Sausage With French Toast. The sausage was really very good. Tasty and flavorful. The french toast I wasn't fond of. You can make better french toast than this on your own. It was really nothing special. Good thing the sausage was very good else this would be a disaster.

Overall, the Flap Jacks experience was a very cozy one. The service was absolutely great. All you actually needed was a bed and the whole breakfast experience would be complete ala bed-and-breakfast! A bit too pricey for basic breakfast meals like longanisa and waffles so I suggest you do away with normal breakfast dishes and try their combos instead. BUT definitely, do not leave Flap Jacks without trying their pancakes. Flap Jacks is the new Country Waffles, the better Heaven N' Eggs (Yes, the quality is not the same anymore. Sadly.) ... I just hope they do not follow the trend of these kinds of restaurants though.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Gift Of Steak

June 16, 2008
Serendra, Taguig

Aileen brought me to this place and told me I should try the steak here. What other perfect gift is there than steak?

People, I don't have to review this. Go to Gaudi and order this: The Chuletón Villagodio (Certified Angus Beef prime rib grilled according to methods of Villagodio). Order this and nothing else... The price is at Php 2,744/kg but DEFINITELY worth it! A "meat" experience you will never forget! I promise! :) Instead of going to Malcolm's, go to Gaudi instead for some awesome 1kg melt-in-your-mouth steak!!!

Note: The last picture is the steak's fat, deep fried... You can ask it to be fried until crisp or cook it yourself together with the rest of the steak. Any which way, it's GOOD! :)

(Thanks Din for dinner and dessert! Happy Birthday!)

Ultimate Let-Down

June 6, 2008
Malcolm's Place
Salcedo Village, Makati City

They say that if you don't have nothing good to say, don't say it. BUT I am not a BLOG WHORE like the others so I'm saying this: Malcolm's SUCK!

Yes, Malcolm. That famous joint offering Wagyu steaks and burgers. I think I even had food poisoning after eating that over-priced over-rated 1,750-peso Wagyu steak. Didn't feel that well and went directly home, vomiting the next day.

Malcolm lovers, stop reading now. The rest, carry on...

Let's start with the appetizer. Maybe the 2nd and last best thing (I'll go back to the BEST thing later) of the whole experience. It's free, simple, and yummy! Fried wonton wraps or some kind of peppered carbohydrate with tartar sauce for dipping. No question, it was a very good appetizer and provided us an optimistic view on what is to come, but we were deceived.

The soup we had was pumpkin soup. A soup made of puréed pumpkin and topped with croutons. It was just ok. Nothing to really rave about. Nothing really special about this dish except for the fact that they used actual pumpkins in creating the soup base. Texture was good, a bit of chunkiness and of fluidity or creaminess. A tad salty in my opinion though, maybe left it simmering while the pot's lid was off OR maybe they just placed too much salt.

For the carbohydrate main course, we decided to get the Shrimply the Best. A pasta dish with shrimps, garlic, tomato sauce, and white wine reduction. First the pros, the shrimps were perfectly cooked. They were not fishy at all which makes them fresh (I hope!). The sauce was ok, nothing too fancy, basic. Which was good. Now the con, the pasta was not perfectly cooked. Kinda tough and not at all al dente. Probably undercooked. For one of their bestsellers, this wasn't quite a BESTseller in my book. I've tasted other pasta dishes better than this.

Onto the main dish, the ULTIMATE must-have in Malcolm's... or so they say. The steak was done medium-rare as I requested but it had a certain taste to it. A sort of gaminess, meaty taste. I've experienced this also with the Wagyu burger of Myron's but for 1,750 pesos, I tried so hard to like it and make it seem normal. It was definitely getting worse and I had to mask the gamy taste with the sweet creamy corn siding and the gravy. Sad though. Sad that I had to taste a MUST-HAVE(?) and feel this awful afterward. Maybe the reason behind this is the storage process or the freezing/defrosting of the Wagyu. I've tasted the awesome Wagyu burger of La Maison and it doesn't taste like this. Malcolm was coined as having the best Wagyu, I beg to disagree...

I've been trying to delay this blog for quite sometime now. Thinking of the best things to say. Maybe this will break my dry-spell. Finally saying what I want to say towards this highly over-rated Wagyu beef everybody's raving about. As I said before, stick to Black Angus Rib-Eye, it is the best beef/part there is...

Oh, before I forget! I have to say something good... Malcolm's service is the BEST. Yes it is! We were treated like royalty! We loved the service so much we slipped the waiter a personal tip. Too bad I couldn't say the same thing about the food. Sad actually, very sad... :(

Art Attack

June 25, 2008
Office, Marikina City

I didn't know I had it in me. I've always loved origami when I was a kid. I've even had books about it. An art attack always only comes once in a while for lazy people like me so I had to seize the moment. Here is the outcome of my paper craft project: Jason Voorhees of the "Friday the 13th" film series! :)

To make your own, go to this website:

I just hope I could have the art attack again to do more next time cause there are so many cute "cubeecrafts" to create! :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

UP Survey

I missed UP all of a sudden so I accomplished this survey that I found:

1. Student number? 95-09177

2. College? College of Home Economics Diliman

3. Ano ang course mo?? What did you Major in? Hotel Restaurant Administration

4. Nag-shift ka ba o na-kick out?/ Did you shift majors/Courses or were you a kicked out of your College? Yes! Hahaha!

5. Saan ka kumuha ng UPCAT? ? Where did you take your entrance examination? Malcolm Hall, College of Law

6. Favorite GE subject? (General Education classes) Comm I: Father Nudas is the best!

7. Favorite PE? Chess

8. Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot guys/girls sa UP? ? Where do you hang out to check out the hot babes/dudes? AS steps or PHAN

9. Favorite prof(s)? Favorite Professors? Father Nudas

10. Pinaka-ayaw na GE subject/least favorite General Education class? Soc Sci 1, that was the reason for (number 4)

11. Kumuha ka ba ng Saturday classes? / Did you sign up for Saturday classes? Math 100 and I got an UNO for it

12. Nakapag-field trip ka ba?/ Did you join any field Trips? I think so but I forget

13. Naging CS ka na ba or US sa UP?/ Were you ever a College Scholar and or a University Scholar? Asa pa!

14. Ano ang Org/Frat/Soro mo? ? What Organization/Fraternity/Sorority were you a member of? AS steps tambay lang

15. Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay? Did you stay at a dorm, boarding house or did you live at home during college? Home

16. Kung walang UPCAT test at malaya kang nakapili ng kurso mo sa UP, ano yun? (Given ang mentality mo nung HS ka)/If you had your way, what was your dream course/major? I got my dream course when I shifted

17. Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa UP?/ Who did you first meet at U.P? Either Chot Camacho or Eric Canonigo, isa lang dun sa dalawa

18. First play na napanood mo sa UP? I forget the title but it's a play about hell being here on Earth

19. Saan ka madalas mag-lunch? CASAA takeout tapos straight to AS steps to eat it

20. Masaya ba sa UP? SOBRA

21. Nakasama ka na ba sa rally? I think so, walang pasok if sumali ka e! Hahaha!

22. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa Student Council? 1 time lang ata

23. Pinangarap mo rin bang mag-laude nung freshman ka? Syempre... hinde.

24. Kung di ka UP, anong school ka? Baka La Salle... Baka

Monday, June 23, 2008

Blogging 101

I miss blogging! I have 4 more restaurants in line to review but still haven't started with even one yet. Haven't been really inspired to blog nowadays. I don't know why... AND been really busy with all this stupid work. Work just gets in the way of FUN! Boo work! :(

Where are the "BAD IDEA BEARS" when you need them?!? I need to mess up my life or something, life is getting a bit boring... Hmm come to think of it, life is fairly good. It is the work that I'm actually bored with... Boo work AGAIN and AGAIN! :(

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cravin' For Some Japanese

June 10, 2008
Wilson Street, San Juan

Didn't know where to eat for dinner so we decided to have some Japanese. There is this restaurant in Wilson Street I've been dying to try since it opened. But when my brother told me that it wasn't that good, I kept on delaying the time that I would actually HAVE TO try it. The time has come and I came prepared, psychologically.

Really, Yuujin wasn't as bad as he had told me. It was a normal Japanese restaurant. With normal Japanese cuisine. Nothing actually special. My brother's exact words was "crap" but that wasn't the case. Or was it because I lowered my standards and wasn't expecting much...

We ordered the Sashimi Moriwase, Gyuniku Rice Topping, and Cha Soba. The mixed sashimi was really nice. Really fresh and very cheap for the quantity of sashimi's on the display plate. The Gyuniki Rice Topping was nothing really special and sort of reminded me of Christmas ham, which was really weird. For one, ham is pork and gyu is beef so the dish had a weird taste for me. The Cha Soba was not good. The noodles were too starchy in taste. This usually happens when the uncooked noodles get wet in storage OR they have passed their expiration date. I can't really assume what the reason behind the starchy taste was but it was bad. Good thing though that my favorite part of eating Cha Soba was there: the dipping sauce. The sauce gave flavor to the noodles and somewhat masked the starchy taste.

All in all, Yuujin is a nice little Japanese place but so are Sushi-Ya and Omakase. All are not actually the best in Japanese cuisine here in Manila like Kimpura, Sugi, Kuratake, or the likes. If you wanna have a budgeted Japanese meal, I'd stick with Omakase above all. It serves good yet inexpensive food. Although Yuujin has better/fresher sushi's and sashimi's compared to Omakase, it's kinda pricey and I believe your tummy will be filled up more in Omakase than Yuujin. Unless you don't have a choice... Sorry Yuujin! :)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Dive Acacia: Deep Blue

June 7-9, 2008
Acacia Resort
Anilao, Batangas

Barracudas. Glass Shrimps. Juvenile Cuttlefish. Cuttlefishes. Alligator Fish. Frog Fishes. Sting Ray. Mimic Octopus.

Next Up: Sharks and Manta Rays

More pics at my Multiply site!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Fish Be With You

May 30, 2008
Fish Out Of Water
Greenbelt 5, Makati City

The last time I was at Fish Out Of Water, I really wasn't that excited about it. I thought it was a bit expensive and a little too overrated. The food was not that great to complement with the high pricing. When I heard that the surprise jack and jill shower was going to be held there, I had mixed emotions. Sad about the venue but excited to try it out again. Maybe I was just feeling a bit tired the last time I was at Fish Out Of Water and hopefully I'd feel a lot better and be more open to it this time.

Kuhol And Hibi Chowder. This is very very good. The snails were very clean. You know this when there are no powdery texture when you bite into the kuhol. The soup was very flavorful. Although I would have preferred a bit more chunkiness to the chowder, it was very filling and definitely appetizing. A great way to start our meal and keep the palette working, ready for the main course.

Ostrich Salpicao. This was the dish that I remembered because it was quite good the last time I tried it. The dish was really abundant and very filling. Perfect for the one-viand-lots-a-rice-loving public and is indeed a good order for those on a budget since it's filling and not that expensive. The meat was really tender and looked a lot like beef. Literally, like beef tenderloin. One of the best dishes at Fish Out Of Water.

Pan-Seared Lapu Lapu With Uni Sauce. This was my favorite dish of the night. The plating was very nice and aesthetically well-prepared. The fish was pan-seared but was not at all oily like any pan-fried fish dish which was very good. The lapu-lapu was cooked perfectly and consistently all throughout. The texture was very moist and the fish used seemed really fresh. The lapu-lapu had no fishy taste and was not too robust so the uni sauce was a perfect accompaniment to it. The rich flavor of the sea urchin intensified the flavor of the seared lapu-lapu. It was simply heaven on a plate!

Seafood Paella. Nothing special. Just your normal paella and it was a bit too acidic for my taste. Maybe too much tomato sauce or tomato paste.

White Shrimp Penne In Tomato Sauce. This was very good. The taste was very good and the shrimps were cooked perfectly. This was probably a hundred times better than the paella order and I suggest you order this one for your "starch" dish instead of the paella. The serving was pretty big and it's good to share for 2 people. Awesome dish! :)

Yes, I admit it. I was wrong about Fish Out Of Water when I ate there the first time. Now I love it! The service was really good during our stay there and the service personnel Jeff was really a cool guy! This just solidifies the fact that some things are indeed, lovelier the second time around...
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