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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Bulaluhan sa Ramirez

When my husband and I were still dating, we frequently ate here at Bulaluhan sa Ramirez.  Sometimes just the 2 of us, sometimes with his basketball friends, sometimes with his siblings.  Their food is good and cheap!

It is located in the corner of Ramirez Street hence the name.  It’s a non airconditioned resto.  It was actually a carinderia which expanded into a real dine in resto.  It’s now renovated and I guess they are still on their way to improving the place.  Even if it has no aircon, people still flock to this place,  a great place to hang out and eat good food with friends without burning your wallet!

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Anyway, just the other night, my hubby was craving for some really hot soup as he was not feeling so well.  He requested for Bulaluhan and so we met there.  True enough, their soup is boiling hot!  They have this one big caldero where they boil the soup continuously. 

Hubby ordered a Bulalo Espesyal.  Priced at Php 157.00.  It was so well worth it.

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It’s pure bulalo meat.  The bone is huge.  One of the best bulalos I had ever.

I ordered my all time fave Inihaw Liempo which is priced at Php 62.00. 

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Still tasted as good as I remembered it.  It’s juicy and with a sweet taste to it.

My sis in law ordered a Pork Sisig which is also one of their signature dishes.  It was priced at Php67.00.  Where else can you get that?

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I don’t eat Pork Sisig as I don’t eat internal organs.  But they say it really is yummy. 

We ordered an additional dish, we chose Pork Steak which was priced at Php67.00 as well.

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The beef is so soft it almost melts.  The only thing I hate is that they served it cold.

In addition to the 4 dishes, we ordered 5 plain rice and 3 softdrinks.  Rice at Php12.00 each and the drinks at Php 15.00 each.  Our total is only Php 458.00!  That sure is inexpensive!  We were so full and grateful for the dinner we just had.

For the full price of their dishes, here’s a picture I took of their Menu Board.

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Definitely going back soon!

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BULLCHEF

A few months back, we discovered a food haven in an area called Kapitolyo in Pasig.  We have tried Three Sisters and been there not once, not twice, but more than thrice already. 

To go to Three Sisters, you’ll have to pass through a lot of other restos.  Some are very well designed and really lit up, you can never miss it. Some have modern and extravagant interior, while some are cozy and simple.  Some have sprawling spaces while some are just hole in the walls.  There’s a lot of variety in Kapitolyo.  And we’re pretty sure, we will try them all.

And so we did, just last night.  We came from a spa and hubby was craving for hot soup.  So we decided to try BULLCHEF, it’s a quaint resto that specializes in Bulalo.

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Bulalo (Beef Shank Soup) is a Pinoy favorite because of the soup’s rich taste.  This is different from other Nilaga (boiled) soups because aside from lean meat, it also has a big chunk of Beef Marrow to be served with the soup.  The rich and flavorful taste of the soup comes from the Marrow.

Hubby quickly decided what he wanted.  He ordered the BULLCHEF Special.  It’s a Classic Bulalo that has Beef Meat, Beef Bone Marrow and some veggies.  It also comes with a cup of rice.  They serve it without the soup, and while someone is pouring the soup, you’ll hear a whistle and everyone will shout “BULLCHEF!”  As you can see in the picture below, the soup is not that oily.  The “sebo” can’t be seen.  Though it’s kinda pricey for the P249 price with its size, what you are getting is real Bulalo with good quality meat. 

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As for me, I wasn’t supposed to eat much since it’s late already.  But when I saw their menu, I browsed through it and found a lot of things I wanted to try.  I really love to eat, I wouldn’t miss trying at least one from their menu.  I decided on Sizzling TBone.

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At Php 179, it is just right.  It was well done since I didn’t like seeing blood on my food, but it was still tender and juicy. It was sprinkled with garlic and served with a cup of rice and some mixed veggies.  The gravy is not salty.  I love my order! 

Another plus point is that their meals come with a free second serving of rice.  It’s normal for Pinoys to eat more than a cup of rice, especially if the “ulam” is yummy!

Service is also excellent.  The staff are very attentive.  And I think it’s because their Big Boss sets a good example for them.

I really recommend BULLCHEF.  I personally will definitely go back.  There’s a lot more to try in the menu!

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So, what are you waiting for? Go na!
 

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Post V-Date!

Before we were husband and wife, as a young couple, we used to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the exact date.  Not minding the traffic and the lines in restaurants.  I remember one VDate we had, my then boyfriend and now hubby arrived at our house around 9pm already!  Yes! It was because of the heavy traffic Valentine’s caused!  He gave me a bouquet of Ferrero Chocolates styled like a bouquet of flowers.  This was way back 2008, so I think I was one of the firsts to receive a “flower” like that.  I will try to post a picture if I find one.

Since it was late already and still traffic, we got to Greenbelt around 1030.  Being late worked for us!  All the restos are already vacant!  We didn’t need to fall in line anymore. We managed to get a good deal at Capricciosa.  We had a quiet dinner and enjoyed the ambiance of the resto to ourselves and maybe a couple more lovebirds.

Now that we have been married for 5 years and now that we have 2 kids, we think we are too old for the cheesy Valentine’s Day date!  Good thing I am not into flowers.  I am sure my hubby won’t waste his money on an overpriced bouquet of flowers!  He never did!  And it’s also just too tiring to be stuck in traffic after a long day at work.  That’s just us, so if you think otherwise, go ahead and date on Valentine’s Day!

For me, Valentine’s is not about spending a huge amount of money on gifts and what nots.  It all boils down to how special you can make your loved one feel.  It may be a simple “I Love You” or a kiss on the lips; a love letter, a grand weekend getaway, or whatever you 2 enjoy doing together.

What matters most is that you are TOGETHER, right?  You can even make everyday Valentine’s Day.  It’s all about L-O-V-E!

I just want to share with you how my hubby made me feel special tonight. A spur of the moment trip to our fave spa, Nuat Thai at 500 Shaw, which we both badly need.  Try having 2 toddlers in the house, you will definitely know what I am talking about!!!

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And a quick but sumptuous dinner at Bullchef in Kapitolyo, Pasig!  More on that on my next post!

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And that’s our way of spending Valentine’s this year!  Thank you my hubby for the LOVE!

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