Sunday, August 30, 2009

Smash And Run

August 30, 2009
Greenhills
San Juan

Just got back from a good run around Greenhills for the Smash And Run sponsored by Sun Cellular together with Greenhills Shopping Center for the benefit of the St. John the Baptist Educational and Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

It was nice to see some Vmall tenants and GSC employees join the run but it would have been better if more people had registered. I had an unofficial time of 35 minutes 26 seconds for a 5k run and I'm glad I improved a little bit compared to the last race. The event could have been organized better but at least it was a change in scenery from the usual races at the Fort and UP Diliman.

I can't wait for the next race: the New Balance Power Run at the Fort on September 27, 2009. Hopefully, I'll improve my time once again. See you there! :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Three Adjectives

August 22, 2010
The Fireplace and Wine Library
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

Beef Carpaccio - Sweet. Delicate. Sensual.

Millionaire's Salad - Fresh. Savory. Elite.

Rib-Eye Steak - Marbled. Tender. Succulent.

Lamb Chops with Ratatouille - Tender. Acidic. Robust.

Chocolate Mousse - Soft. Decadent. Creamy.

One of the best meals I've had in my life. A high-note goes to the salad which was so good and also the carpaccio. Frankly, three words can not fully immerse you into the experience that we had at Fireplace. You have to check it out for yourself.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Snakes On The Plane

The internet has been abuzz with scandals, million-peso dinners, and corruption...

But is she the only one to blame for the unchanging sad state the Philippines is in?

Or have we forgotten how she got there in the first place...

So vote wisely on May 2010...

Be it for the President, the Vice-President, or anybody in power...

We sure don't need any more snakes on the plane, right?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

This Is Keema

August 4, 2009
Keema Keema
Madison Square Pioneer
Mandaluyong City

It's been a staple on those spontaneous cravings of kebab to immediately proceed to our neighborhood Persian restaurant, Behrouz. In my opinion, they serve the best! Many kebab places have recently sprouted in different areas of the metro but nothing actually compares to Behrouz. Keema Keema is one of the new kebab places out there but instead of concentrating on their kebabs, their speciality is actually their keemas. Keemas are simply unformed kebabs which are sometimes used as fillings but served with rice in Keema Keema. Sadly, they were in the process of rewriting the recipe that the owner suggested not to order it yet, not until they have perfected it. We opted for some shish kebabs, ox brain, and some classic kebabs instead.

Shish Kebab Platter - A very affordable dish when you want to try everything. A smorgasbord of meat. The only downside to this order is that there is no "bottomless" rice included... The best meats here are the Chicken Shish Kebab and the Beef Kebab. The other meats could use a little more adjustments in taste but good nonetheless.

Ox Brain - The favorite dish of the evening. Well, actually my favorite dish in these types of establishments. Tried it once in Behrouz and immediately got hooked. This is amazing with the long-grain rice that they offer. Too bad Keema doesn't offer the long-grain rice in any of its dishes. Ox brain in Keema is kinda different because it is fried almost to a crisp. I personally like it softer and not really crispy. I prefer the more delicate and creamy texture. It tastes better that way.

Beef Kebab - I like Keema's version because the kebab is more formed compared to Behrouz. Behrouz's version is more crumbly which I really don't like. The taste is practically the same and the sauces that accompany it adds that extra punch. Again, the garlic sauce could use a little bit less sweetness for the garlic taste to come out. The rice they could replace with long-grain also to keep up with the overall theme.

Keema Keema was not bad. An affordable alternative to Behrouz. It may not exactly be AS GOOD AS but it was as close as one can possibly hope for. A few more tweaks on the recipes and the perfection of the keema recipe (which we'll try next time) would make this up-and-coming restaurant one of the premier destinations for those late-night alcohol-fueled food-lusts...

At the end of the meal, take one for the road...

They also serve imported beers, FYI! :)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

On Unity And Change

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah they were all yellow
...

Your life was an inspiration for democracy...
May your passing inspire UNITY and CHANGE in the Philippines once and for all.

Rest In Peace, Mrs. Cory Aquino
(1933-2009)
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