Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market

An impromptu drive to Tagaytay for the purpose of buying Batangas beef turned out to be a food and shopping trip today!

Left Manila around 5am and passed through all the closed SMs and Robinsons Malls along Aguinaldo Highway, hence the fast and no traffic drive going up to Tagaytay. I took a nap and when I woke up, we were already at the Mahogany Market. Such a cold morning too!

Weather update was after our breakfast and it still was 22 degrees!

The Mahogany Market in Tagaytay is famous for its Batangas Beef. They also have a slaughterhouse so you can be sure that the beef is fresh!

Before we purchased our beef, we made our way to the 2nd floor of the building to have our breakfast! There’s a long stretch of bulalohans and seems like they offer the same menu.

We chose Len’s.

Crispy Hipon – half order – Php100.00

Crispy Tawilis – half order – Php100.00

Bulalo – Php 350.00

Double the love for the Calamansi and Sili for the sauce!

Unlimited Senorita Banana – free

Unlimited Kapeng Barako (Batangas Coffee) – free

The Bulalo soup is so tasty! But the serving of the meat is too small compared to other Tagaytay Restaurants that also serve Bulalo. The Crispy Hipon is crunchy! But my favorite is the Crispy Tawilis. The size is just right. CRUNCHY and TASTY!

I loved it so much I bought a pack for Php 70.00.

Oh remember to bring a cooler with you so that you don’t have to buy anymore. We came prepared with 2 coolers! Haha!

After our stint in the Beef Section, we went straight to the Dry Goods part of the market where they sell Fruits and Vegetables!

Beware and be aware that some of their prices are pegged at Tourist Prices! Some are just about the same in Manila. And because of this, we didn’t buy any!

You could buy plants here too!

It really was a great morning having spent it with my loves. Another experience to add to the memories!

Wait, there’s more! We went malling at the Ayala Serin but since it’s about 9am only, some of the shops are still closed. We decided to proceed to Nuvali on our way down to Manila.

We walked around the shops. Checked the outlets and scored some deals! Then it was time to have lunch already!

It was only 11 am but Silantro (yes, the always full and have to wait a long time Tex Mex resto) was buzzing already!

Good thing we were seated immediately. We ordered so much!

Beef Nachos – it’s good and it’s one of their bestsellers!

Seafood Paella – I love that it’s not as salsa-ish as before.

Ribs (better at Gringo) It’s tender but the taste is so-so.

The Salpicado is too spicy for me.

So, after this very heavy lunch, we walked around again and shopped for shoes before we drove back to Manila.

At 3pm, we are safely back home.

Time to sleep!

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Gringo – Chicken, Ribs & Friends

Found a new place to hang out and enjoy food with friends and family! Gringo is located at Ayala Malls the 30th.

Ayala Malls the 30th is one of the newest malls to open here in Pasig City and it’s just a stone’s throw away from Estancia Mall.

Unlike the more popular malls around the metro, this mall has just the right amount of people, your basic mall needs like supermarket, drugstore and bookstore, lots of trendy boutiques for your shopping needs and a cinema for your entertainment needs. No lines, no frills. The way I like it.

Back to the resto, Gringo’s interior is very homey. It’s like you are in your Aunt’s kitchen. Wood finishes, industrial look.

They serve the best nacho platter in the world! I am not exaggerating! It really is tasty and crunchy! Their lemony tangy sauce is love! ❤❤❤

We ordered a Trufle Queso quesadilla but it didn’t deliver. Can’t taste the cheese at all! Too bland.

Moving on to the kids’ dish – Chicken Fingers & Fries! Cooked just right – chicken so tender & fries so crunchy. And this Chicken Tenders is only Php135.00!

Since it’s Tex-Mex cuisine, there is also burrito on the menu! According to husband, it tastes good and it’s not scrimped!

Their 1875 Pot Stewed Beef is to die for as well! You will have to order rice to partner with this dish! The sauce in itself is already so good and very rich in flavor! Top it with beef that was boiled for hours and hours – heaven!

Of course, there is the Roasted Chicken with Sidings! You go for the Southern Spice than the Original. The chicken is juicy, very flavorful. The spices really add so much flavor to it.

Let us talk about the Mashed Potato! It’s freshly made, need not say anything no more. Anything that’s made fresh will always be on top!

On our 2nd trip, we pretty much ordered the same dishes but we added a half rack of ribs and oh! It tastes as good as the chicken! Too bad we were too hungry that a picture wasn’t in order anymore. So I just grabbed us some picture from Gringo’s Facebook Page.

I am getting hungry from all these, so I will see you later folks! Heading over to Gringo to grab me some chicken and ribs! 😂

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HAPPY Wings & Waffles

I am generally a happy person and I love seeing happy stuff. Now, there is a place where your tummy can be happy too! A few weeks ago, Happy Wings & Waffles opened its doors to the public. I have the opportunity to attend its soft opening and I certainly had a happy time!

I love how simple but catchy the logo is. Red definitely attracts clients.

The people who makes us filled with happiness!

I love this backdrop wall. This separates the main dining area and the private function area.

Balloons make the place festive.

A display of different flavored waffles and muffins for your choosing.

This is the statement wall just before the wash area.

Since it’s opening day and guests were invited for the blessing, we were treated with a 5 course set menu.

Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup with Fresh Diced Apple

Caesar Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Spaghetti Bolognese Pasta with Caramelized Onion Foccacia Bread

Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Cranberry Sauce with Buttered Broccoli and Cauliflower

Matcha Creme Brulee / Champagne Pannacotta / Italian Tiramisu

Of course, after a meal, a cup of coffee is definitely a must!

This is me enjoying my hot cup of Cafe Mocha!

There are so much more to try at Happy Wings and Waffles! Will post more photos as I try more food from their menu. But I will be sure to order the Rosemary Chicken with Cranberry wine sauce! Can’t wait!!!

Be it breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner, Happy Wings and Waffle surely has something for you!

Like their Facebook page for more info! See you there!

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Location: G/F RBAP Building A. Soriano Avenue Corner Arzobispo Street Intramuros Manila

Store Hours: Sundays – 7am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays – 7am to 8pm

*Update*

Check out their menu ↓↓↓

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Shakey’s and its Citibank promos!

It is really irritating sometimes how these credit card companies keep on sending promo messages / texts almost everyday! But I found out recently that these texts are worth reading after all!

Just the other day, I received a text from Citibank. They have a promo at Shakey’s! For a minimum spend of Php500.00, you will get a free Large Thin Crust Scallop Primo Pizza, no questions asked!

Since it was a holiday yesterday, my family went to the nearest Shakey’s and had early dinner.

The manager was very accommodating and the servers were all friendly. They just needed to see the actual text and copy the promo code. You will have to let them delete the text because it is valid for 1 time only.

This promo is extended until December 3, 2017 so search through your sms now!

It’s the kids’ night so they have free reign on what to order.

Mozarella Sticks

Carbonara

Chicken and Mojos

Our Free Pizza – Scallop Primo

Hubby has a Supercard and it’s the last day of his birthday month so we also claimed his Free Birthday Pizza.

Pepperoni

The last surprise? Our total bill also was discounted 10% because we have the Supercard! We only paid around Php650.00 for our meal. And of course, you will have to use your Citibank credit card for payment.

Really Super Worth it!

Shakey’s also has other group meal deals that are within the budget! Good for Christmas parties and get togethers!

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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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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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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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