Friday, January 29, 2010

American Comfort

January 29, 2010
Mr. Jones
Greenbelt 5, Makati City

People have been raving about this restaurant and so we had to try it. A play on the name "Mr. Jones" would be too expected so instead of doing that, I bring you directly my thoughts on our orders without being too melodramatic and for lack of a better word: "corny".

(Photo Credits: Aileen Tong)

Chocolate Milkshake - It was really creamy but not too much that it gave you a hard time sipping it through the straw. The texture was just right. Sweetness is a factor but it wasn't over the top like other milkshakes I've tasted.

(Photo Credits: Aileen Tong)

Seafood Pasta - The serving was overwhelming. You'd be full just looking at it. The pasta cooked perfectly and the sauce was great. Flavors were infused together and the seafood pretty much tasted fresh. It didn't taste fishy at all.

Fish And Chips - The self-proclaimed "best" was not quite what we had hoped for. The batter was a bit too thick and hard. The meat inside was a little moist but a little too flaky. It may have been overcooked. The best is still at Fish & Co.

(Photo Credits: Aileen Tong)

Eggs Benedict - Probably one of the best eggs I've ever tasted. It offered two types of meat: smoked salmon and double smoked bacon. The salmon was perfect but the bacon was tough. With this dish, you get the best of both worlds. This could even rival reigning Eggs Benedict champion: Apartment 1B.

(Photo Credits: Aileen Tong)

Carbonara - Almost authentic carbonara that used eggs instead of cream. This is evident with the yolk presented to you on top of a mountain of pasta. The dish was really creamy and tasty. I really like it.

(Photo Credits: Aileen Tong)

Tapa Overload - Like the name of the dish, this was indeed an overload of tapa. A little too oily but extremely flavorful. That is why I think that this should be eaten immediately before the oil settles. This factor aside, the dish was absolutely to die for.

Mr. Jones offers American comfort food. The comfort of having something warm in your stomach which is best when you have family and friends to share the whole experience with.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Xavier-Ica Family Fun Run 2010

January 24, 2010
Xavier School Football Field
San Juan

My second time joining the Xavier-Ica Family Fun Run. This time, I clocked in at an unofficial time of 17 minutes 55 seconds and burned 284 kcal in running 3 kilometers. This was all according to my Suunto t1c.

Thanks Aileen for the watch. Thanks Dar for the photo.

See you on next year's run!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hawker Frenzy

January 15, 2010
Maxwell Food Centre
Maxwell Road, Singapore

Before leaving for Singapore, I had plotted this place on my GPS unit. This was definitely a foodtrip waypoint we weren't intending on missing:

Maxwell Food Center is one of the many hawker/food court centers there is in Singapore. It is an escape from your usual Mcdonald's or KFC. A different kind of fast food area that offers affordable eats for the yuppies and people on the go. We arrived at around lunch and the center was packed! It took us a couple of minutes to find a seat for 3. It was very fortunate to have the three of us there: one looked for a table and the other two queued up for orders. There were a lot of different stalls in the food center and following what a good food hunter would do, we went straight to the longest queues:

Tien Tien Hainanese Chicken - The best Hainanese chicken I've ever tasted. The rice was so aromatic and flavorful. The chicken was tender and juicy, not to mention, to die for! I requested for some chicken liver too! Y-U-M-M-Y!

Fried Oysters (Cake) - I like Taiwan's version better. Didn't like the flavor but the dipping sauce was really nice and complemented the cake really well.

Prawn Mee - I liked this dish but my companions didn't. They said it was too fishy for their taste. I thought that it was really good especially the noodles.

Fishball Soup - One of the best I've tasted. The fishballs were really bouncy and the texture was great. The soupbase was really tasty, not at all fishy and pretty refreshing to the palette.

We tried various treats from different stalls but the best meal we had was the chicken. We could have tried each stall if we weren't pressed for time. Next time, definitely!
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