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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The Stamp Studio

I am taking a break from my travel posts and talk about my addiction nowadays. Before you react, this is not a bad addiction, in fact, this is a very useful addiction!

My friend introduced me to his sister’s newest venture, The Stamp Studio.

And right now, I already have 4 stamps. 1 for the whole family and 1 each for me and my daughters. I think I will be adding more to these as I want to have something cutesy and with a character as well. I told you, #addicted!

For sure, once you see their designs, you will be clamoring to order too! The best thing is that they can personalize your stamp to your heart’s content!

See the samples and get excited!

The stamps differ in sizes, here’s your guide:

I know, the price is important, but you need not worry, the stamps are affordable and will not break your pockets!

So what are you waiting for? Click that link and start ordering!

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Subic = Shopping

Being in Subic reminds me of so many memories especially during my childhood. It is just so sad that it’s not as it’s used to be now. When we were there last weekend, it looked a little like ghost town in some parts, not much people to be seen in the streets. The shopping centers are so old and very not well maintained anymore. It even looked dirty in some. The other shops literally didn’t have customers and even the personnel were just standing waiting for their closing time.

Since there is a newly built Ayala Mall now by the name of Harbor Point, maybe some businesses will follow. So that Subic will be back to how it’s used to be.

Here are our visits to the duty free shops and outlets inside Subic Bay.

1) Royal Duty Free Subic (old one)

2) Royal Duty Free (new one)

Same stuff being sold only the place is newly built – meaning cleaner surroundings.

3) Freeport Exchange

This place looks terrible now. It boasts of being the 1st duty free store, but it doesn’t make an impact at all.

4) Puregold Duty Free

5) Adidas

6) Nike Factory Store

I think there is still hope for Subic because it is still one of the nearest places to go to outside Metro Manila aside from the very crowded Tagaytay. People are still flocking, just not that many. I like that it isn’t that crowded but I hope the malls are kept nicely.

The prices are still competitive and some items are not found anywhere else.

Let us bring hope to Subic Bay, so our kids can experience what we experienced. Before there were Landers and S&Rs, there were Royal Duty Free, Puregold and Freeport Exchange.

Stay tuned for more of our Subic adventure!

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Shopping @ Shell of Asia (NLEX Southbound) Stopover

This is by far the best destination if your goal is to shop during a stopover!

After our food stopover at San Fernando Pampanga, we went ahead and proceeded to our last stopover at Shell NLEX Southbound.

Such a good find with all the outlets located here!

1) Outland

2) Adidas Outlet

Adidas Apparel like Jerseys, Shorts, Shirts are all on sale. They also have bags and of course, lots of shoes!

3) Giordano Outlet

It’s a treasure out here! I was able to score some work pants / slacks at less than 1000 each. You just have to browse through it all to find your size! Plus, you get to fit it also!

Shirts and Polos are about 300 to 999 pesos! In different colors and designs!

4) Puma Outlet

5) Designer Outlet

Mixture of different brands.

6) Fusion Outlet

Skechers, Sperry and Keds all together in one outlet. They also have watches and accessories.

Sorry for the photo, we were about to leave already.

So don’t forget to drop by Shell of Asia if you have enough time. For sure, you will be able to get some good deals out of all these outlets!

Shell of Asia is located at Shell Gasoline Station, along North Luzon Expressway South Bound, Guiguinto Bulacan. Right after Sta Rita exit.

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Stopover at San Fernando Pampanga

On our way home from Subic, we stopped over at San Fernando Pampanga to have lunch. Good thing there was no traffic!

Our first stop was at The Souq! It is a compound where Kapampangan food converge! They have 2 buffet restaurants which open at night only. They are number 1 in Trip Advisor’s San Fernando Pampanga List.

We had one of the best lunch ever!

So many dishes to try but there’s only the 2 of us so we settled for the 3 best dishes.

Seafood Kare Kare

Mango Salad

Crispy Pork Binagoongan

All the dishes we ordered tasted so good that we finished everything.

Next stop was at the famous Susie’s Cuisine to buy some pastries and kakanin delicacies(sticky rice). They have so many variants it was so hard to choose!

Last stop before we left San Fernando was of course at Pampanga’s Best. This is where you buy the best tocino ever!

Actually, there’s so much to see and eat at San Fernando outside both the SM Mall and Robinsons Mall. We just didn’t have enough time.

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Terrace Hotel Subic Bay

A very relaxing weekend with my bae! This wouldn’t have happened without the help of Panoramictrip! You see, a few months ago, I joined their Summer Craze promo and I won! Wanna know how? Click this link!

I won a hotel stay at Terrace Hotel Subic Bay.

Lobby

Terrace Hotel is a 4 storey boutique hotel located at the waterfront which is Subic Bay. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to witness the sun rising or the sun setting as a typhoon’s just about to leave the country. What we witnessed though was the hard splashing of the waves, which was about a few meters away from the hotel.

The room that we were given was an Executive Terrace room. Its published rate is Php6,300.00nett/night. They now have a rainy day promo rate of Php5,040.00nett/night. It consists of complimentary buffet breakfast for 2, wifi internet access and use of outdoor swimming pool.

Let’s take a look at our room.

Cozy Queen Bed with a nice headboard.

The usual floor to ceiling cabinet which also houses the Personal Fridge and the Safe.

Right in front of the bed is the dresser with the TV.

On another corner of the room is a single seater sofa. Good for reading.

Of course, the bathroom is of equal importance just as the bed.

Regular bathroom sink.

Shower’s good, with hot and cold water. But the bath tub’s not clean. With traces of dirt in the tub. Not for bathing or lounging, should only be used as catch basin when you shower.

The promo was inclusive of cocktail drinks but we were just too full from our dinner at Ben’s Kitchen. It was in their restaurant / bar called Welltz. This was their venue also for ktv nights.

There was a cute iron man decor by the door.

One wall designed with bottles of liquor.

The bar.

The dining area.

This was also where we had our breakfast the following morning. For breakfast, we were served with the usual breakfast staple of bacon, tocino, fish fillet, sausage, fried rice, and some fruits. There was also an egg station where you could ask kuya to cook your egg of choice. You could also choose your drinks, coffee or juice.

What I love about this resto, the view!

Since it was raining so hard that day, the only thing you could see was the wind blowing the trees with all its might!

Overall, the hotel stay was nice. The staff were all responsive to our needs. They were very alert. You will feel their warmth and hospitality. The only downside is the cleanliness of the room. Aside from the bath tub, we also found used water bottles inside the fridge. We told the receptionist during our check out and they were apologetic about it.

Would I recommend staying here in Terrace Hotel? Maybe. But they have to get their act together and ensure that cleanliness is their utmost priority.

Oh! This might change my mind though. I haven’t got the chance to try their outdoor pool in the roofdeck. It would have been nice to chill and relax in the pool.

There’s also a bar where you could order cocktails.

The roofdeck was closed that day due to bad weather. Thankful to Kuya for accommodating my request.

To know more about our Subic adventure, keep posted on my next posts.

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Cops & Robbers

Cops and Robbers is a semi themed resto located in San Juan. The place is big. Tables are for sharing. It is a tambayan (place for hanging out) after school for students and young ones. I called it semi themed because there are just bits and pieces of a cop and robber theme incorporated in the resto. We expected that it will be a full blown themed resto because of the name. Well, here are the bits and pieces. Take a look.

Two walls were decorated with a mugshot background.

The floor has silhoutte of human figures.

There is a mini jail on the side. This area serves as the employees’ locker space.

Anyway, despite the disappointment regarding the theme, the food made up for it! And since this dinner is for the kids, we ordered items from the menu that the kids will surely love.

Mac and Cheese

Four Cheese Pizza

Coming back for this! Melts in your mouth cheese on top of a thin and crispy pizza crust. A bit of pesto makes the litte quirk.

Chicken Fingers Rice Topping

Tender and crunchy chicken fingers served with rice.

Cops and Robbers Chicken Rice Topping

Boneless fried chicken at its best.

Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger

The burger patty tasted so good! With the right amount of dressing and bacon and mushrooms, this one is a must have as well. Served with their very own twister fries.

Cheese Steak Sandwich

I also like this sandwich. Strips of cheese steaks fill the grilled bread. Loving the homemade potato chips even more!

I am pretty sure this place is packed during school days as it is located right in front of a school. So better go when it’s the weekend! No traffic around the area!

They also serve milkshakes, milk teas and some more!

Before we left, we were surprised with the interior of the toilet.

Jail themed toilet complete with a getaway stair through the ceiling!

Cops and Robbers is located at 81 Xavier Street, San Juan.

See you there!

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