Cafe Publico

We usually watch movies at Promenade but we have taken this resto for granted! Cafe Publico is located at the right side of Promenade Theater Lobby (from the escalator).

If not for an Eatigo promo, we would have not tried this cafe/resto. There was a 40% discount because we booked through the Eatigo app.

Even if it’s just a small cafe, there are a lot of dishes to choose from!

Taking advantage of the promo, we ordered a lot! I love all the food we ordered!

Fishbolan

Pizza Dough Chips

Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Tuna Panini

Chicken Pie Panini

Pulled Pork BBQ Mac & Cheese

Of course, the kids had their gelato fix after dinner.

In a cup, you get to taste 3 different flavors all at once! I love their Dark Belgian Chocolate. Just the way I like my chocolate, bittersweet!

In addition, seems like they serve good coffee as well! Neighboring tables all ordered coffee! And they have a stash of books and game boards too! Just get it from the counter or borrow one from the staff!

Sure going back for gelato and more one of these days!

The place is good for unwinding!

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The Burgery

Sawa na ba kayo sa mga usual burger joints? Ipapakilala ko sa inyo ang isa sa mga kakaiba at napakasarap na burger na malapit lang at kayang abutin!

Halika na sa Circuit Makati at puntahan ang The Burgery!

The burgers here are to die for! There are a variety of burgers to order! You can have your burgers well done or tama lang sa medium rare! This will make the patty juicier!

Not only that, kahit mga potato wedges nila, babalik balikan nyo! Pwedeng Bacon and Cheese or Garlic Parmesan!

They also have some pasta.

And syempre, hindi mawawala ang rice! Ang sarap nung BBQ Bacon Rice! Bacon on top of Burger Patty on top of herbed rice pilaf! This is so yummy, even the kids liked it!

Kita tayo dun! Balik kami later! They have 50% off on burgers at about 5 to 6 pm! See you!

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Another Baguio Adventure!

3rd time to go to Baguio this year and it still was an amazing adventure. Follow on and enjoy!

Day 1.

Our first stop was lunch at Canto Restaurant. Good thing we had a friend who reserved tables for us.

Food was great as always. I loved the pizza! Mashed potato tasted good as well. Ribs that day was kinda dry so I didn’t like it that much.

Canto is now located at a bigger venue. Right after you enter the city of Baguio. Our sumptuous lunch cost us about Php4,500.00.

After lunch, we checked in our hotel, Newtown Plaza Hotel. We booked this through Traveloka. Such an amazing view from our balcony.

We have also tried this hotel before. Check my review here.

After resting for a while, we finally had the chance to go out and enjoy the breeze.

Since we have a lot of kids with us, we decided to go straight to Burnham Park. Oh my! So many people that day! We rented bikes for the kids and they went around and around.

There were 2 smaller kids so us mommies needed to follow them around. Got hit again and again. Ouch! What mommies do for their children!

Bike Rentals – Php 50.00 / 30 minutes

After biking for what seemed like eternity, the kids got hungry!

Manong Taho was just around the corner. Strawberry Taho for everyone please!

We went back to the hotel to freshen up a bit then drove to Camp John Hay. We had reservations at Le Chef, a buffet restaurant inside The Manor.

Wasn’t able to take pictures of the food. Aside from the salads and the very fresh selection of other veggies, the food was just so so in my opinion. There wasn’t that much variety to choose from.

Anyway, it was about Php1000.00 / head, and I honestly think I paid for an entrance fee with a meal because the place was so beautifully decorated. The massive ground became a play area for our kids to run around freely.

Sorry but my photos actually don’t do justice to the sights.

We stayed until about midnight.

Day 2.

Breakfast was courtesy of the hotel.

It was a sunny day so we proceeded to Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. 30 minute trip from Baguio City proper to the place. Again, so many tourists flocked the area, only to find out that strawberries are not in season and there were no more strawberries to be picked.

We just enjoyed the view. Had our photos taken. Shopped for some shirts. Bought some fruits.

Oh! We ate Strawberry Ice Cream to beat the scorching heat.

We hit the streets and returned to the City proper.

We found ourselves in The Forest House. It’s a cozy log cabin type of house converted into a fully functional restaurant.

Greeted by this very welcoming seating area with a chimney.

The resto was already clad in Christmas decor, making the place more warm.

What stood out again was the Salad. The bagnet was a kid favorite! Need to try the Lasagna Chips as well.

We went along to what the kids wanted – Horseback Riding! We chose to stay inside Camp John Hay. The volume of people was not as much as outside.

The 30 min ride set us back Php 150.00 per horse. Not that expensive, for the kids’ experiences and happiness were priceless.

Supposed to go to a forest hike but decided against it. We have a lot of kids with us and they might not be able to take the 1 hour hiking.

If you are an adventurous group though, you might want to try Paintball Republic. They also have Zipline. Located near Le Monet Hotel.

We mommies could just take pictures!

Our next stop – Choco – late de Batirol!

Of these 3, we ordered about a total of 10 orders or more! The kids were all hungry!

I loved the Turon so much!

A nice place to hang especially at night.

Already a long day but it didn’t stop there!

Kids continued playing at the playground of the hotel.

Freshened up and off we went to Session Road!

*Best advice ever? – Take the cab! Not only do the drivers know the shortest route, it only costs about Php 50.00!

Of course, what’s the best thing to eat in Session Road? Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake!

Don’t leave Baguio without tasting this!

Their Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad was also 1 for the books! So yummy we ordered 2!

Beef Stroganoff’s good also!

Hyper kids went on to play back at the hotel and had their own pajama party!

Day 3.

Parents snucked out for a trip to the Baguio Public Market!

Happy Parents!

A foggy day for shopping at the Good Shepherd Convent!

Some of my loot not given away yet.

Almost done with our Baguio Trip V3.0! Late lunch at Sizzling Plate Baguio!

Such a good way to end our trip, with delicious and affordable steaks, add to that a great cup of coffee and yummy Sans Rival!

Hungry? Until our next adventure!

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The Bayleaf Intramuros

An impromptu overnight courtesy of my brother led us to The Bayleaf Intramuros!

This is their Standard Room. It’s a quaint room but it has totally everything you will need.

The bed is spacious enough for 2 persons. I like the nice design in the headboard.

On one side of the bed is the working table complete with a lampshade. There’s also an outlet for your charging needs.

In the opposite wall, the TV and the mini bar with fridge are located.

In that same wall, you can find the mirrored cabinet.

Inside the cabinet, there is ample space to hang your clothes and 2 drawers for more storage. You also have a medium sized safe to keep your valuables.

The bathroom is rectangular shaped but it doesn’t make you feel claustrophobic.

And the most important feature of the room, the VIEW!

Morning View

Night View

happy kids = happy mommy!

I love the modern feel of the room. The lighting is just perfect, it gives you this very relaxing mood. I could just stay inside the room and sleep all day!

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Kimukatsu

I remember this place back when Century City Mall was just newly opened.  Hubby and I spent an anniversary dinner here.

Now, with kids in tow, we decided to let them try some of Kimukatsu’s best sellers!

Kimukatsu doesn’t serve regular tonkatsu or pork cutlets.  Aside from selecting the highest quality pork, they take time to slice the pork thinly and layer it 25 times over before they cover it with fresh breadcrumbs and fry it slowly in low temperature.  This locks in the natural juice of the meat while having that crispy batter outside.

Kimukatsu is the only restaurant in the world that offers 25 layersof mille-feuille Katsu in multiple flavors.

For appetizers, we ordered Agedashi Tofu.

Agedashi Tofu – Php 180.00

Even my daughter loved this!  It’s very very soft and tastes so good.

For our main course, we ordered a Salmon Set, and 4 Kimukatsu (Plain, Cheese, Garlic & Creamy Spinach).

Cheese Kimukatsu – Php 380.00

Plain Kimukatsu – Php 330.00

My kids love these 2 Kimukatsu.

Creamy Spinach Kimukatsu – Php 430.00

 

This is my favorite of them all!  This is their plain kimukatsu but it’s topped with creamy white sauce consists of spinach, onions, mushrooms and bits of bacon!

Salmon Set – Php 430.00

Every Kimukatsu flavor has a place of their own.  Why not try them all!

 

And as icing on top of cake, service is very good in the branch that we went to – Century City Mall.  They are very attentive to our needs, especially when we are asking for another serving of cabbage or another serving of their Japanese rice!

Definitely going back sometime soon!

There are now 3 branches:

SHANGRI-LA PLAZA
Level 5, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Telephone No: 727-0333

CENTURY CITY MALL
Level 3, Century City Mall
Telephone No: 812-0333

BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
G/L, Building 7, Bonifacio High Street
Telephone No: 808-0333

You can also follow them on Social Media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

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Travelbook’s PAY-AT-HOTEL Promo!

Going somewhere?  Planning a trip?  A little short on cash and you don’t have a credit card?  Don’t worry.

I have good news for you!  Travelbook.Ph  has been offering PAY-AT-HOTEL bookings since last year!

Travelbook makes it possible for travelers like you and me to secure a room in advance without having to provide credit card details or make initial deposits to banks or payment centers!

Isn’t that great?

Pay-At-Hotel is the fastest-growing new payment method in the Philippines.  It has just been a year since Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed was launched but TravelBook.ph has already encouraged more than 1,100 of their hotel partners nationwide to adopt this new type of payment option. Many of the popular and big chain hotels have also joined this program.

More and more travelers are shifting to Pay-At-Hotel payment option.  Why don’t you try now?

Whether it be Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao, Travelbook has affiliate hotels that can accommodate you, your family and your friends!

 

More travels! More happiness!  Happy booking!

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Open Kitchen

As food parks keep on sprouting all over the metro, we tumbled upon a newly opened one in Quezon City.

It’s called Open Kitchen and it’s located along P Tuazon.

So many ‘kitchens’ to choose from.

Here is the map of the kitchens in 2 floors.

There could be at least 30 kitchens available now. And there are a few more opening soon.

Tables and chairs scattered all over. There is even a rooftop aside from the General Dining Area on the 1st and 2nd floor.

Our family loves to eat! We ordered different dishes from different kitchens!

Starting with my number 1 bet!

The Bourbon Whiskey Glazed Pork from Charlie’s Point is one of the bests!

Very very tasty ribs. Super tender. Even the rice is flavored.

 

I also love the Classic Pan Fried Dumplings from Momo Dumpling Bar! They have Black Pepper Dumplings also.

 

Inihaw na Bulaklak from Biggy’s

The barbeque marinade is good. But the fact that the bulaklak isn’t chicharon and crunchy, doesn’t sit well with my taste buds.

 

They also ordered another steak at the Meat Pub, tasted good but not as flavorful as the ribs in Charlie’s Point.

 

My aunt wanted to try this. Its called Ispabok – a fusion of spaghetti and palabok. This dish was the last to finish.

 

The lechon has super crunchy balat (skin) and super tender laman (meat)!  They got this at the Carnivore Cookery!

 

Going a little bit Japanese with this Spicy Ramen and Takoyaki at Taka Ramen.  Waited for this Takoyaki for a very long time and the wait definitely is not worth it.  The ramen is okay though!

 

Something fried, get this at Seafood Squad.  We love this because it’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  It’s not chewy so it’s ok for kids and seniors.

 

The following are our family’s other choices!

Prata from Senyor Roti

Chicken Wings

Pork Ribs from Kanto Ribs.

Chicken Pops

Shrimp on Garlic

Laksa

Philly Cheese Steak

 

The Ham and Cheese Raclette from Mr Raclette.  Too expensive for its worth.  Too salty.

Our taste buds differ from yours so go find out what your own hits and misses are.  This food park doesn’t have those commercialized stalls that you see in almost all the other food parks in the Metro.  Maybe we could support this budding culinary geniuses.   We might be able to make some of them break out and for the rest, there’s always room for improvement.

Open Kitchen is located at 22 P. Tuazon Blvd, Quezon City, 1111 Metro Manila.  

Pros:  A big parking lot beside the food park.

Cons:  Parking is not Free (unless you go in late at night)

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Where to eat in Subic?

Shopping posts done now, what else to do in Subic but EAT!

Since this was just an overnight stay and we have free breakfast from our hotel, we only got to eat 2 meals inside Subic.

Would we pass the chance to eat at good ‘ol Meatplus? The answer is NO!

The place was still bustlin’ and I think it’s the only place outside of a mall that really is full house regardless of the time in a day!

Hubby ordered Oven Roast Beef Belly while I ordered for BBQ Pork Ribs. Serving is huge! We were supposed to try the Potato Skin but I mistakenly ordered the French Fries. Still good though. We were both filled that we didn’t have room for dessert anymore (as always!).

 

For our dinner that night, we wanted to try Cocolime but decided against it because it was late already. We were still in the mall and aside from the regular Manila based restos, this was the only local place that has so many people eating.

Ben’s Kitchen is an affiliate of Xtremely Xpresso which is a famous resto also in Subic.

We ordered 3 dishes because everything seems to be good. We tried the Shrimp Linguine, Buffalo Wings and the Beef with Mashed Potato dish that I forgot the name already.

2 cream based dishes needed to be balanced by our little tangy buffalo wings! Had a great dinner. Even at 9pm, people were still going in. That’s how good the place is.

You could also have coffee and desserts here if you already had dinner.

So there! Try these places out when you drop by Subic. You won’t regret it!


Meat Plus is located at Sampson Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

Ben’s Kitchen is located at Harbor Point River Walk, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

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